Rhode Island has the 7th highest fatal overdose rate in the nation.
80% of new heroin users started by taking prescription opioids.
One quarter of overdose deaths in Rhode Island involve alcohol.
Prescription opioids are a factor in approximately 75% of all overdose deaths.
The average fatal overdose victim is between 40 and 60 years old.
Overdose deaths cost Rhode Island $280 million last year.
More people die in Rhode Island from overdose than from murder, arson, and car crashes combined.
25% of Rhode Islanders are at risk of addiction or overdose.
Most abused opioids come from friends and family.
The Naloxone and Overdose Prevention Education Program of Rhode Island is a program of the Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team and Medical Reserve Corps (RI DMAT/MRC), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.
NOPE-RI saves lives through simple, cost-effective, evidence-based strategies and in doing so, increases volunteer action and community involvement.