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“Safe Stations” provide haven for opioid addicts, expands to Newport

 

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@Ellie_Romano

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A program aimed at reducing opioid addiction is expanding in Rhode Island. 

Safe Stations launched in Providence last year. Through the program, all 12 of the city’s fire stations act as a place addicts can go to for treatment, without legal repercussion. 

Since beginning, the program has helped 100 people in Providence. 

“It’s been a journey. Every key component in this program saved my life,” said recovered opioid addict Adrienne Wood. 

Wood went into a participating fire station in February 2018, and since then, has been sober.

“I just wish the word could get out faster about Safe Stations so that more lives could be saved,” said Wood. 

On Monday, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza announce the program is expanding to Newport. He said it is a vital resource for the region.

“Last year, there were about 24 homicides in all of Rhode Island, yet there were over 300 overdose deaths,” said Elorza 

He would like to see the program throughout the ocean state. 

“Imagine if you could walk into any fire station in the entire state of Rhode Island. What a message that would send to anyone suffering from substance misuse,” said Elorza.

The Safe Stations in Newport will open in the coming weeks.

Central Falls, South Kingston, Woonsocket, Fall River, and Warren are also considering the program.

Safe Stations are open 24 hours, 365 days a year.

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