Kent Hospital officials in Rhode Island said they have seen a dramatic increase in drug overdoses, several fatal, that have been linked to prescription drugs, heroin, and marijuana use among young people. According to The Republic, the hospital claims to have seen seven out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the last eight weeks, with five of them being fatal.
Chief Medical officer Michael Dacey Jr. said a number of the overdose-related patients have been in their late teens or early 20s. He said the effects of stronger street drugs, as well as the influx of synthetic drugs are to blame. Kent Hospital CEO, Sandra Coletta, said, "This is a problem that never truly goes away but from time to time we see it intensify." Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare said the number of drug abuse admissions for opiates other than heroin have doubled from 2007 to 2011 among people over 21.
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