Newport launching Safe Stations program

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NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – Newport is set to become the second community in Rhode Island to offer an open door to recovery resources to people struggling with addiction.

In an effort to combat the opioid epidemic, the city of is launching a Safe Stations program Friday.

City officials said anyone battling addiction will be able to visit any of Newport’s three fire stations at any time of day to access treatment and recovery services with no fear of prosecution.

The participating fire stations are located at:

  • 21 Marlborough Street
  • 100 Old Fort Road
  • 119 Touro Street

In 2018, Providence became the first community in Rhode Island to implement the program.

The initiative will kick off 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Newport Fire Department Headquarters.

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