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filed under: Health | War on Drugs

Overdose Prevention Forum At Miriam

3PM ON 17/02/2014
BY Beth Comery

(2.19) On January 17th state Health director Michael D. Fine held a news conference with the alarming news that in a 13-day period that month 22 people had died of accidental drug overdoses (ProJo 1.17.14).

narcan By February 7th Dr. Fine held another news conference along with Craig Stenning, director of the state’s Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, and Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, superintendent of the state police. They were announcing that a second spike in overdose deaths had raised that number to 38 for the first 6 weeks of the year (ProJo 2.14.14). These officials are fast-tracking a plan to distribute Narcan kits to first responders, detox centers, residential treatment centers, and even patients leaving treatment. Narcan (naloxone) can be delivered nasally, reverses opiate overdoses.

(This is where I like to remind people that this is after forty years of our ‘War on Drugs.’ Doesn’t feel like progress does it?)

Felice Freyer and Lynn Arditi report on this grim health crisis from the point of view of those working at the state morgue. (ProJo 2.8.14).

A ‘Community Listening Forum on Overdose Prevention’ will be held in Miriam Hospital’s Sopkin Auditorium. Moderated by WPRI TV’s Walt Buteau, the forum will feature presentations from experts and audience members, followed by reaction from a listening panel of leaders in law enforcement and government. Complete info here.

7pm to 9pm, Wednesday, February 19th, Miriam Hospital, Sopkin Auditorium, 164 Summit Avenue, directions


filed under: Health | Olneyville

Free Flu Vaccination Saturday — Adults Only

11AM ON 13/01/2014
BY Daily Dose

the flu, or something like the flu The Rhode Island Department of Health is holding several community vaccination clinics around the state. These clinics are not limited to the people who live in the individual communities, but for convenience to city residents there is one being held this Saturday in Providence.

There is no charge for a flu shot at these community clinics. People are not required to have health insurance either. However, people with insurance are asked to bring their insurance cards.

Although some clinics will be held in schools, they are open to everyone, not just the students of these schools and the people who live in these communities.

(Another clinic to be held 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday, January 22, at the East Providence Senior Center on 610 Waterman Avenue may be more convenient for some Providence residents.)

10am to noon, Saturday, January 18, Multiple Center for All, 22 Rye Street (2nd floor), off of Plainfield Street (directions)


filed under: Good Ideas | Health

Free Vaccine Clinic At Gregorian School

12PM ON 04/12/2013
BY Daily Dose

gregorian school (12.4) The Rhode Island Department of Health is holding free vaccine clinics around the state. This one is in Providence today at Vartan Gregorian Elementary in Fox Point.

The Department of Health and cities and towns throughout the state will be offering vaccinations at no cost at clinics in November and December, 2013. Flu vaccine, Tdap (which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and pneumococcal vaccine (which protects against pneumonia) will be offered. Insurance is not required for vaccinations, but people with insurance are asked to bring their insurance cards.

5pm to 8pm, Wednesday, December 4, Vartan Gregorian Elementary, 455 Wickenden Street (at the end of Governor Street)


filed under: Health | Transportation

Air Quality Alert Day Thursday (Also Friday) — Free RIPTA

7AM ON 18/07/2013
BY Daily Dose

ripta The Department of Environmental Management has declared Thursday, July 18, an Air Quality Alert Day. Ditto for Friday, July 19th.

The DEM warns that people should limit outdoor exercise and stay in air conditioning when possible, particularly in the early evening.  Elevated ozone levels can aggravate asthma and other respiratory aliments. The children, elderly and people who have underlying lung diseases, such as asthma, are at particular risk.

So nobody exercise. Also, all RIPTA regular fixed-routes, excluding special services, will be free.


filed under: Health | Transportation

Air Quality Alert Day Thursday, Free RIPTA — Friday Too

6AM ON 30/05/2013
BY Daily Dose

RIPTA trolley The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in Rhode Island on Thursday, May 30.

Unhealthy conditions along the southern sections of Rhode Island on Thursday and moderate elsewhere. Unhealthy conditions on Friday across the state as southwest flow brings heat, humidity and pollution.

All RIPTA regular fixed-routes – excluding special services – will be free.

(Ditto Friday, May 31)


filed under: Health | Transportation

Air Quality Alert Day Saturday — Also Bastille Day

10PM ON 13/07/2012
BY Daily Dose

RIPTA All regular RIPTA buses and trolleys, but excluding special services, will be free on Saturday, July 14.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in Rhode Island, but especially in southern sections again in the afternoon on Thursday. A very hot and very humid air mass with west winds will be present at that time, which will lead to unhealthy air conditions. The poor air quality will be due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations. Ozone is a major component of smog and is formed by the photochemical reaction of pollutants emitted by motor vehicles, industry and other sources in the presence of elevated temperatures and sunlight.


filed under: Health | medicine

Rally To Support Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

9AM ON 04/05/2011
BY Beth Comery

Rhode Island State House Show your support for medical marijuana (you may need it some day) and the newly licensed Compassion Centers by joining JoAnne Lepannen, executive director of RIPAC, in the State House Rotunda today, Wednesday May 4th, at 1pm. Recent news that U.S. Attorney Neronha intends to take action against the three licensed dispensaries when they open came as a shock to patients statewide (and I might add, the licensed proprietors who have already sunk quite a a bit of money into preparing these facilities). Speaking to the ProJo’s Zachary Malinowski Lepannen said,

. . .that she has been flooded with calls from many of the 3,459 patients in the program designed to help those with chronic pain and other medical maladies cope with the ailments.

“We are having much more of a depression problem,” she said. “We are talking about a population of people with very debilitating illness. People are losing hope. They just want to pull down the shades and give up.”

Medical Marijuana Rally, 1pm, Wednesday, State House Rotunda, Smith Street (directions)


filed under: Health | Marijuana

Compassion Center Applications Hearing

11AM ON 25/01/2011
BY Daily Dose

RI DoH Director of RIPAC, JoAnne Lepanen, sends news regarding the upcoming Compassion Center application hearings,

The public is invited to comment on any or all of the Compassion Center applications on Monday, February 7 at 10am at the auditorium located at the Department of Health at 3 Capitol Hill, Providence. The Department requests that anyone who wishes to speak, also submit a copy of their comments in writing either before or at the time of the hearing.

The Health Department previously announced that it would reach a decision in early March as to which applicants will be issued licenses. We are hopeful that the Department will keep on schedule in spite of Dr. Gifford’s departure. Dr. Gifford has been the Director of the Health Department since the inception of the Medical Marijuana Program.

The Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIPAC) is now located at 498 Kinsley Avenue.

10am, Monday, February 7, RI Department of Health, 3 Capitol Hill between Smith and Orms Streets, (directions)


filed under: Health | Thayer Street

National Coffee Day — It’s Good For You

12PM ON 29/09/2010
BY Beth Comery

tip jar Never had a cup of coffee? What better day to start your habit than on National Coffee Day. There are many wonderful coffee shops in Providence; for instance, one might drop by the Blue State Coffee Shop at Thayer and Cushing streets. Pictured here is their awesome new ceramic tip jar produced at Weirdgirl Creations in Barrington. You will find the jar right next to the cash register where a friendly and knowledgeable staffer awaits to help make your coffee-drinking experience a memorable one. And don’t forget the health benefits. According to Web MD,

A growing body of research shows that coffee drinkers, compared to nondrinkers, are:

  • less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia
  • have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes

“There is certainly much more good news than bad news, in terms of coffee and health,” says Frank Hu, MD, MPH, PhD, nutrition and epidemiology professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.

So don’t be demented — drink coffee!


filed under: Health | Transportation

Air Quality Alert — RIPTA Rate Hike

8AM ON 01/09/2010
BY Daily Dose

children ww2 [DITTO: Thursday, September 2nd. BC]

The Department of Environmental Management has declared Wednesday, September 1st an ‘Air Quality Alert’ day.

The poor air quality will be due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations. Ozone is a major component of smog and is formed by the photochemical reaction of pollutants emitted by motor vehicles, industry and other sources in the presence of elevated temperatures and sunlight.

Rhode Island residents can help reduce air pollutant emissions. Limit car travel and the use of small engines, lawn motors and charcoal lighter fuels. Travel by bus or carpool whenever possible, particularly during high ozone periods.

This means all RIPTA routes, excluding special services, will be free. Just hop on a bus or trolley, and then hop off.

[Additional note: Right you are Jef, the new rate hike will kick in as soon as the air clears — up to an even $2. (ProJo) BC]


filed under: Health | Transportation

Bad Air/Free Ride

11PM ON 23/07/2010
BY H.L. Parker

smaze The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has issued a health advisory and declared Saturday an ‘Ozone Alert Day’.The DEM suggests,

Rhode Island residents can help reduce air pollutant emissions. Limit car travel and the use of small engines, lawn motors and charcoal lighter fuels.

Also, all RIPTA routes, excluding special services, will be free on Saturday, July 24.


filed under: Downtown | Health

How Safe Are Cosmetics? Science Cafe

3PM ON 20/07/2010
BY Agent Green

cosmetics science cafeScience Cafe presents that Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the RI Film Premiere of “The Story of Cosmetics”!

Ever think about what goes into your cosmetic, fragrance, or beauty products? Curious about how those ingredients are regulated or if any of them could be dangerous for our health? Join Mia Davis of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and other community members to discuss these topics.

Brought to you by Science Cafes.

Free, 6pm to 7pm, Wednesday, AS220, 115 Empire Street


filed under: Fundraisers | Health

Pan-Mass Challenge Fundraiser

10AM ON 17/06/2010
BY Jessica Ramsey

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WHAT: Pan-Mass Challenge Fundraiser. Suggested $10 donation. Your donation gets you free beer from Narragansett and Sam Adams, food from Julian’s, and live music! Local indie/folk/rock band, Van Bronson, will play a set as well as a solo show from garage/country/blues musician Joe Fletcher (of the Wrong Reasons.) There will also be a raffle ($1/ticket) where you’ll have a chance to win a year’s supply of beer from Sam Adams and other fun goodies. More after the jump:
Saturday, June 19, 8pm to 11pm, 28 Wolcott Street

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Free H1N1 Vaccination Clinic

10AM ON 16/01/2010
BY Daily Dose

H1N1 vaccine Head over to Mount Pleasant High School today for a free vaccination. It’s still important — there may be another wave coming. From the Department of Health:

People will not have to present identification at the clinics and can attend any clinic, regardless of where they live. Everyone who is vaccinated at a public clinic will need to complete a consent form — English or Spanish.

(Full statewide schedule — click here.)

10am to 5:30pm, Saturday, 434 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence


filed under: Health | Sports

Announcing The RI VeloSprints Winter Series 2010

5AM ON 04/01/2010
BY Durishin

Winter blues got you snowed under?  Just think — this is only the beginning. We have a cure for those winter blues.  Announcing, the RI VeloSprints Winter Series! RI VeloSprints is Rhode Island’s winter series for cyclists, spinners, commuters and hipsters frustrated by Mother Nature’s cold shoulder!

RI VeloSprints is 500 meters of full out sprinting on rollers. We fix the forks to help keep you vertical as you challenge friends, enemies, other co-workers or folks you may have just met! There are multiple categories to address the needs of all of your mid-winter personas and the bravest are forming teams to share the series’ therapeutic benefits. Speaking of prizes, there will be nightly winners and series champions crowned in March.

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filed under: Good Ideas | Health

H1N1 Vaccine For Young Adults

11PM ON 17/12/2009
BY Daily Dose

swine-flu-vaccine John Cucco of the Rhode Island Department of Health wants to get the word out to young Rhode Island residents and college students — the swine flu vaccine is now available.

Young adults through the age of 24 can now get H1N1 flu vaccine from their healthcare providers in Rhode Island. Vaccination is your best defense against this virus, which continues to affect young people across the state. Even if you consider yourself healthy, you are still at risk. The H1N1 vaccine is safe. It is made by the same manufacturers who produce seasonal flu vaccines, which millions of Americans receive every year.

Contact your healthcare provider for vaccination as soon as possible. Information about the public H1N1 vaccination clinics that will be held in the coming months will soon be posted on the website of the Rhode Island Department of Health (www.health.ri.gov).

Register for upcoming clinic — There will be a clinic making the vaccine available to out-of-state college students returning for holidays, but you must pre-register by December 21st. The ‘when’ and ‘where’ will be emailed to those who have pre-registered. (Click here to register.) Video of rapping anti-flu teen poets after the jump.

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