In an effort to educate the public about the unprecedented and alarming epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in Rhode Island, Providence’s Public Broadcasting television station, Rhode Island PBS Channel 36, recently aired No Hero in Heroin, an informational program featuring a number of behavioral healthcare specialists. A Rhode Island PBS production hosted and produced by Margie O’Brien, the forty-minute program traces the history and spread of the epidemic throughout the state, its devastating effects across all ages, social groups, and economic levels, and efforts currently underway to combat the crisis and save lives.
While the program aired, representatives from the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare manned a telephone bank at the station, to answer questions from viewers and provide resources for help and guidance. No Hero in Heroin will air on Rhode Island PBS WSBE 36.1, and its sister station, WSBE Learn 36.2, through April 22 and can now be viewed in its entirety on the Rhode Island PBS Web site.
During the discussion, Phoenix House Rhode Island’s own Fred Trapassi, Jr., Vice President and Senior Program Director, joined Michael Fine, M.D., Director, Rhode Island Department of Health; Craig Stenning, Director, Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare; Peter Friedman, M.D., Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies; Michelle McKenzie, Director, Preventing Overdose and Naloxone Intervention, The Miriam Hospital; Jim Gillen, Manager, Anchor Recovery Community Center; and Steve Reid, Recovery Support Specialist at Anchor Recovery Community Center and former professional boxer.
Phoenix House Rhode Island has long been a leader in the fight against substance abuse. Our Detoxification Center in Exeter provides safe, medically monitored withdrawal from alcohol and opiates such as heroin, OxyContin, and others. For those who have completed detoxification, we offer a full range of treatment services, ranging from gender-specific residential care for men and women, inpatient treatment with academic tutoring for teens, and outpatient services offered at three locations statewide. For those who have completed treatment but need a safe and supportive living environment in which to continue their journey to sobriety, our recovery housing program offers eight sober residences located in residential neighborhoods throughout the Ocean State.
If you know someone who needs help with a drug or drinking problem, call Phoenix House today at (1 888 671 9392). We’re always ready to help.