Care New England Hospitals have announced a new program where they are giving Narcan directly to patients who have been treated for drug overdose or are at risk of overdose. The program is trying to cut down the number of deaths caused by overdose after there has been a dramatic increase in Rhode Island over the past couple of years.
The participating hospitals are ButlerHospital in Providence and KentHospital in Warwick.
The distribution of Narcan kits began at the hospitals on August 1. The kits are given to overdose patients upon release if they consent. Narcan is a drug that is commonly used to reverse overdose from opioids.
“This is a collaborative project that has come together through the effort of staff and clinicians across Care New England, including those in our emergency departments, pharmacies and drug and alcohol programs. We see the horrible impact that drugs have on people almost on a daily basis. It ruins lives and it ends lives. We can help change this,” said Peter Graves, MD, chief, Department of Emergency Medicine at KentHospital.