JHSPH: Low-Tech, Low-Cost Test Strips Show Promise for Reducing Fentanyl Overdoses

Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released research results from a study conducted in Baltimore, Boston and the City of Providence.   In collaboration with the Dr. Nichole Alexander – Scott,  Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health and  Dr. Tracie Green of Brown University, this study suggests that harm reduction approaches like the use of drug detecting strips is one tool that can save lives.  Follow CODAC to stay up to date on the…

CODAC, Cicilline on the opioid epidemic

David Cicilline joins CODAC in celebrating 40 years of service in Newport County NEWPORT, R.I. (February 5, 2018) — As part of its yearlong celebration of CODAC’s 40 years in Newport County, U.S. Representative David Cicilline visited CODAC Newport on Friday, February 2nd to receive a firsthand look at the environment of care for the treatment of opioid use disorder.  As the opioid overdose crisis continues to cast a shadow…

Senator Whitehouse’s Round Table Discussion on the Opioid Epidemic

At a round table discussion hosted by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams spoke at length about Opioid Use Disorder and how he would continue to advocate for a wide range of programs and policies to stop the opioid crisis in its tracks. CODAC President Linda Hurley was among the speakers invited by Sen. Whitehouse to discuss how Rhode Island is addressing the spike in overdose deaths.…

CODAC and Moms-to-be Celebrate Motherhood

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 11, 2017) — Baby showers are special days, when friends and family gather to share the joy of the expectant mother and to celebrate the imminent arrival of a new life.  On Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, CODAC Providence hosted a very special baby shower.  Thirteen pregnant women, all of whom are being treated at CODAC for opioid dependence, gathered to meet with representatives of community programs, and…

Open Minds: CODAC receives Center Of Excellence status for opioid treatment

The Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals has certified Community Organization for Drug Abuse Control (CODAC) Behavioral Health Care as the state’s first center of excellence status for the treatment of opioid use disorders. This status is afforded to specialized treatment programs that meet or exceed established medication-assisted treatment requirements for addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers, and other opioids. Read the full article on the Open Minds…

Addiction Treatment Forum: RI Health Homes Initiative

“It’s beyond the relationship between the patient and the therapist,” Linda Hurley, CEO of CODAC Behavioral Healthcare, said of opioid treatment programs (OTPs). She says  OTPs act as a “culture of healing,” not just for opioid use disorders, but in general. Besides reducing the costs of repeat hospital admissions, state officials are hopeful that OTPs will also improve the quality of care offered to people with opioid use disorder. Read the full article…