End the Opioid Crisis in Rhode Island
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Like most Rhode Islanders, we are heartbroken to see too many Rhode Islanders dying from opioid overdoses. But what is the cause?
It comes down to the fact that too many Rhode Islanders are prescribed narcotics. Our families get these narcotics because we don't have enough primary care practices and community health centers. Rushed clinicians rarely have the time to assess and treat pain adequately. Worse, Rhode Island doesn't have specialized pain centers that are staffed and equipped to treat pain without narcotics.
An important first step in ending the opioid overdose epidemic lies in creating multidisciplinary non-narcotic chronic pain assessment and treatment centers. Rhode Islanders with severe or chronic pain need rapid and complete pain assessment and treatment and they need treatment that doesn’t rely on the use of addictive drugs.
But there are no real non-narcotic chronic pain treatment centers in Rhode Island, because the market as we know it won't pay for it.
Rhode Island must do better than this. Rhode Island needs to build a health care system that is for its people and communities.
Sign our petition and ask Scott Jensen, Director of the RI Department of Labor, to create a multidisciplinary pain center at the Arrigan Center (also known as John E. Donley Rehabilitation Center in Providence).Help us persuade Director Jensen to create this treatment center so that all Rhode Islanders can get the treatment they need.
Let's end the opioid crisis -- together.
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