Department of Health
Population: 1.057 million
Rhode Island has seen a slight decrease in the rate of fatal overdoses within its borders (-6.5 percent between 2016 and 2018); however, it remains one of the ten states with the highest fatal overdose rates. The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) will be using data from ODMAP to target outreach to areas where it is most needed. RIDOH will build on its current activities in overdose prevention, rescue, treatment, and recovery. RIDOH convenes a weekly surveillance response intervention (SRI) call with behavioral health and first responder partners, as well as drug intelligence officers and data analysts from the New England HIDTA, to review data and implement a rapid response. Beginning in September 2019, the team will continue to convene the weekly SRI call, which will incorporate new data sets, including data from ODMAP, and will provide subawards to high-burden communities to help facilitate utilization of rapid-response data that can inform targeted local response efforts.