The SOR-RI initiative will, 1) Reduce the number of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths and adverse events among individuals 18 years of age and older, 2) increase access to treatment and reduce unmet needs through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities, 3) support a comprehensive response using epidemiological data in the planning process. The grant will impact over 200,000 residents and provide treatment to 800 individuals.
The goals of the initiative include: 1) Increase access to medication assisted treatment, 2) Increase access to treatment and recovery services in the community, 3) Increase the capacity of the community to assess, plan and implement strategies to prevent substance/opioid misuse.
The SOR-RI initiative will target the entire state, with particular focus in regions with the highest rates of Emergency Department admissions for overdose ( West Warwick, Cranston, Hopkinton, Providence, Charlestown, Johnston, Pawtucket, Westerly and Warwick) and the highest rates of overdose deaths (Woonsocket, Providence, Central Falls Pawtucket, Johnston, and North Providence), as reported by the Rhode Island Department of Health and The Medical Examiner's Office. These communities represent a combination of urban, suburban, and rural environments, and reflect a diverse population. Most overdoses occur among adults and approximately 3/4 of overdose related deaths are in males.