Community forum addresses ways to battle drug addiction

By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

Rhode Island's drug problem is getting worse.

Since January, 69 people have died from overdoses.

On Friday, a community forum was held in Warwick to try and come up with ways to tackle the growing epidemic.

Many people told personal stories of their own battle with drugs, including a police officer who recently lost his brother to the disease.

Chris Fernier says, “No one wakes up one day and says ‘I want to be a heroin addict'. I think we need to start young and educate these kids and that's the key.”

Right now, the overdose rate is three times more than it was in 2010.

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