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Rhode Island Hospital Sees More Overdose Patients

Written by Eliza Player on Thursday, 19 April 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Illegal Drugs

Drug Overdoses

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.

About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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