From addicts and their families to first responders saving lives, opioids have affected and continue to affect thousands of people in Southern New England. In this 12 on 12 Digital Original, we take an emotional look at the Impact of Opioids. We show you how one local man hit rock bottom, a family suffered a heartbreaking loss and a star athlete found his way to recovery, as well as introduce you to the medical professionals on the front line.

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The Impact of Opioids

Mary’s Story

Narcan Use by City/Town

This map provides a breakdown of information from the R.I. Department of Health on how much Narcan the state distributed to local police departments, and how many 4-milligram doses of Narcan those departments administered between Oct. 2018 and Dec. 2019. (The information reflects data from departments that provide it to the state.)

How Narcan Works

Facts & Stats

Addiction Treatment Centers

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Reporters – Shannon Hegy, Courtney Carter & Tim White
Executive Producer – Erica Ponte
Photographers/Editors – Jim Hughes, Matt Lage, Corey Welch & John Villella
Graphic Designer – Lisa Mandarini
Digital Content Producers – Shaun Towne, Nick Blair & Lee Dooley
Special Thanks –
James Bartone, Susan Tracy-Durant, Beth Fernandes, Karen Rezendes

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