State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW), May 2017
This data brief was created by the SEOW on behalf of the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). It focuses on trends in opioid use and opioid related deaths in Rhode Island. Opioid abuse and overdose is increasing across the United States and in Rhode Island in particular. Opioids include illicit opioids like heroin, and prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Codeine, and Fentanyl.