We must lead to save lives from overdose

Sen. Joshua MIller and Rep. John G. Edwards

A naloxone kit that teams of volunteers distributed to drug users in Rhode Island.

Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, represents Senate District 28. Rep. John G. “Jay” Edwards, D-Tiverton, represents House District 70. 

Three-hundred-eighty-four people died from drug overdoses in RI in 2020, making it the deadliest year on record. That is 25% more people than died in 2019. 

Each person who tragically died is a friend, a neighbor, and a family member; nearly everyone in our state is impacted by this crisis. 

Our state has invested in many important tools to help keep people safe. The availability of naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, has given many another chance at life. The Department of Health has invested in services such as street outreach. Without these efforts, the death toll would be drastically higher.  

However, 2020 has shown that these efforts are not enough if we truly care about saving lives.  

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