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For those who suffer illness or injury, medications that relieve debilitating pain are miracles of modern science. However, the dark side of the miracles looms larger and more dangerous than anyone could have predicted just a decade ago. Nationally and locally, we face rampant epidemics of both opioid addiction and overdose - not of street drugs acquired in back alleys, but of medications prescribed for legitimate reasons by trusted doctors.

So, how did we get here?  More importantly, what can we do about the problem?

These questions and more will be examined from the medical, social, and legislative perspectives in a special Rhode Island PBS production on Friday, June 17, 2016, from 7-9 p.m.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE | community conversations

Invited Panelists 
(in alphabetical order)

Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D. 
Chief Medical Officer 
Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, 
Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH)

Papatya Tankut, R.Ph. 
Vice President Pharmacy Affairs,  
CVS Health

Fred Trapassi, Jr.
VP of Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts Operations,
Phoenix House

Sheldon Whitehouse 
United States Senator for Rhode Island (D)

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PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE | community conversations is made possible by CVS Health.



Click here for a list of licensed substance abuse agencies, including detoxification services, residential treatment services, narcotic treatment services and outpatient services.