Monday, January 24, 2022

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the United States; however, it goes without saying that Rhode Island in the second most densely populated states in America. An estimated 1,000 inhabitants of Rhode Island lived in every square mile of land occupied by the people living in Rhode Island. The highest proportion of Rhode Islanders lives in and around Providence. Moreover, a good percentage of the natives of Rhode Island live in the northeastern part of the state. Rhode Island’s population is comprised of Asians, African Americans, Caucasians, and other races. The diversity in population makes Rhode Island a profitable marketplace for drug dealings and distribution. This is such that even the most reputable drug dealers have decided to blend in with the locals so that they could continue their trade in a much more secure environment that assured them control.

Drug abuse and distribution often occur in and around the urban areas given the fact that these areas are the most populated in Rhode Island; thus, providing for a good market for the drug dealers. Drug dealers hardly distribute their drugs to the rural areas. Most drug dealers have developed the presumption that the rural areas have fewer people and they were most likely to incur losses if they divert their attention to the rural areas as their new market. However, some people in rural areas cultivate cannabis to sell to the locals and other people in different parts of the state. Such tendencies have spiked up drug-related criminal activities in different parts of Rhode Island.

The improved transportation system in Rhode Island, as well as its strategic location between Boston and New York, makes Rhode Island a transit point as well as a distribution area for illicit drugs. The drug distributors often use public vehicles and private vehicles in moving drugs into Rhode Island and through Rhode Island to other states.

Drug dealers masquerade the drugs they transport with other legitimate goods such as farm produce and furniture when they use public transportation in moving their drugs from one part of the state to another. The Mexican drug cartels often use the masquerading method of smuggling marijuana from Mexico into Rhode Island. The drug cartels take advantage of the increased trade of legitimate goods that is taking place between Mexico and Rhode Island to camouflage their drugs with the genuine goods that are moved from Mexico to Rhode Island.

Once in a while drug dealers move drugs into Rhode Islanders using commercial as well as private planes. Though not on a frequent basis, some drug dealers moved their drugs into Rhode Island through commercial maritime vessels. The drugs shipped on sea vessels are moved into the country through the seaports including Newport and the Davisville or Quonset Point. Crewmembers on commercial fishing vessels are the people most likely to smuggle heroin into Rhode Island.

There may be numerous criminal groups that transport drugs into Rhode Island. However, the Dominicans are the dominant group that transports heroin and cocaine into the country. Aside from the Dominicans, Colombian cartel, African American cartel, independent dealers and the Hispanic criminal groups also smuggle drugs from other states into Rhode Island. The package delivery service is one way through which drug dealers carry out the task of distributing different kinds of drugs to the residents of Rhode Island in different parts of the country.

The majority of criminal gangs in Rhode Island sell their drugs in wholesale. Powdered cocaine and heroin is sold in wholesale in Rhode Island mainly by the Dominican criminal gang. The Colombian cartels, as well as other influential criminal groups, also distribute powdered cocaine and heroin in wholesale. Surprisingly, there is no particular group of criminals that control the distribution of marijuana in Rhode Island despite it being that marijuana is amongst the most abused substances in Rhode Island.

The local independent dealers, gangs, and various criminal groups out conduct the retail distribution of drugs in Rhode Island to benefit from individuals’ addiction to the drugs they sell. Dominican gangs are the main retail distributors of heroin and powdered cocaine. Hispanic criminal groups, local independent dealers, and African Americans also distribute small proportions of heroin at the retail level. However, the Caucasian criminal groups alongside other independent local dealers distribute powdered cocaine at the retail level. Retail-level distribution of marijuana is conducted by different criminal groups and gangs, as well as the local independent dealers. The Caucasian local independent dealers distribute the reduced quantities of methamphetamine found in Rhode Island. Gangs in various parts of Rhode Island are local and so most of these gangs do not have any affiliation with the dominant cartels found in other parts of the United States. Drugs are presently being distributed in plain sight or public places such as shopping centers, restaurants, and motels.

The numbers of nationwide arrests related to drugs that have been conducted between 2014-2017 have remained relatively steady in Rhode Island. For instance, in 2014 there were only 4,239 arrests compared to the 4,394 arrests that were carried out in 2017. The 4,394 arrests in 2017 accounted for more than ten percents of all arrests in Rhode Island that year. The drug dealers in various parts of Rhode Island commit violent crimes at different points in time on the pretext that they were acting in their best interests which in this case is protecting their territory from intrusion by other drug dealers. Drug users also engage in criminal acts such as taking part in residential break-ins so that they can support their addiction.

The percentage of federal offenses related to drugs that were registered more recently for the entire nation is close to the percentage of drug-related federal sentences that have been passed on in Rhode Island. This is a clear indication of the level of damage caused by the consistent use of different drugs amid the inhabitants of Rhode Island. Therefore, if solutions to the drug problem in Rhode Island are not found in due time, then the natives of Rhode Island might be headed towards a point of destruction just because people might not let go of their need to get high for one reason or another. The number of people being admitted to rehabilitation facilities in Rhode Island is increasing by the day. For every 100,000 people in Rhode Island, an estimated 1500 people got admitted to a rehab center for a drug problem. Further, the number of people being admitted to public health facilities every year for being addicts is increasing as more and more people plunge into the world of drugs every minute that goes by in Rhode Island.

The frequency at which people use illicit drugs in Rhode Island is high. Individuals aged 12 years and above would admit to having consumed an illicit drug at one point in their lives. Some will even admit to the fact that they use different types of illicit drugs every month based on how frequent the drug is made available to them. The greatest proportions of deaths that occur due to a drug overdose in Rhode Island are as a result of individuals using more than one drug at the same time. It should be noted that the state spends a good proportion of its finances in ensuring that it caters to the medical needs of its citizens hooked on drugs. In the previous year, the country spent an estimated 300 million dollars on substance abuse programs. Given the increased rates at which people use different kinds of drugs in the name of having a ‘good time,’ the government is forced to relocate most of its budget to deal with public safety issues related to drugs, mental health or development disabilities, child-family assistance, education, health, and justice. The government spends close to 303 dollars in supporting the substance abuse programs for each of its residents addicted to drugs. Substance abuse related costs are even higher when we factor in the cost of lost productivity during the time that people undergo treatment in rehabs and the expenses incurred by private social groups in ensuring that addicts are provided with quality healthcare.

Largest Cities In Rhode Island

  • Providence
  • Warwick
  • Cranston
  • Pawtucket
  • East Providence
  • Woonsocket
  • Newport
  • Central Falls
  • Kingston
  • Pascoag
  • Narragansett Pier
  • Harrisville
  • Hope Valley
  • Melville
  • Chepachet
  • Ashaway
  • Westerly
  • Valley Falls
  • Newport East
  • Wakefield-Peacedale
  • Greenville
  • Cumberland Hill
  • Tiverton


Heroin is a considerable drug threat in Rhode Island even with it being that only a few people in this region are aware of this fact. One thing that makes heroin the most highly abused drug in Rhode Island is its availability and the low prices at which the drug is sold to the residents of Rhode Island. More and more youths are drowning in the world of heroin abuse given the pure high state at which it is sold in Rhode Island at substantiated prices compared to other states. While some people prefer to inject heroin into their bloodstream, other abusers smoke or snort the drug whichever way makes the abusers feel good about their experience with the drug. Heroin is often moved from one part of the country to another using private vehicles or rental cars that have false compartments that are used as places the drug is hidden during transportation. Heroin is often distributed in parking lots, individuals’ residents, street corners, shopping plazas and local malls.


Heroin is a prevalent drug used in Rhode Island. Heroin obtained from South America is readily available in different parts of Rhode Island. Nevertheless, Southeast Asian heroin is also found in different regions in Rhode Island even though in smaller quantities just as has been exemplified in the discussions above. The number of people admitted for being hooked on heroin surpasses the number of admissions for other prohibited drugs in Rhode Island. Within a four-year duration, the number of people admitted for heroin-related treatment increased from an initial 3,745 to an estimated 5,040 people admitted in 2017 for heroin-related health problems.

More and more youths in Rhode Island are divulging their attention to heroin abuse. A good percentage of high school students in this state can attest to the fact that they have used heroin at least once in their lifetime. Heroin abuse has been discovered as the primary cause of most deaths that occur in Rhode Island due to a drug overdose. 45 out of the 97 deaths that occurred in Rhode Island during the year 2017 were reported to have been caused by individuals’ excessive use of the opiate. Individuals’ excessive use of heroin caused the good percentage of the deaths that occurred during the same year as a result of overdoses.

Injection is the most common technique used by abusers in administering heroin into their system. However, people who use heroin for the first time often snort or smoke the drug. Most youths preferred snorting or smoking heroin because of the looming fear of contracting various contagious diseases such as hepatitis and aids that could be transmitted through the act of sharing needles. However, the misconception that most residents of Rhode Island have is that smoking or snorting heroin cannot lead to an addiction. Despite what most people may have had to believe concerning the use of heroin the truth is that whichever way the drug is administered the prolonged use of heroin could lead to an addiction. The people who use heroin for the first time get hooked on the drug within the first six months of use. The moment first-time abusers become more tolerant to the drug, people then resort to injecting themselves with heroin so that they could acquire a more intense satisfaction from using the drug.


Heroin is readily available in Rhode Island. High purity heroin is old in Rhode Island at relatively reduced prices.


Heroin dealers often take part in violent criminal activities in the form of drive-by shootings, assault, and homicides as a way of improving their distribution activities and in an attempt to protect their neighborhood of operation. Drug users also engage in violent acts with the intent of supporting their addiction. The heroin abusers who wish to support their habit but do not have the financial resources that would enable them to do so resort to robbery, drug distribution, burglary, theft, and prostitution as a way of supporting their cravings for heroin.


Heroin is not refined in Rhode Island, and neither is opium cultivated in Rhode Island. However, once heroin arrives in Rhode Island from other states, it is cut or diluted and repackaged for local retail sale. Most of the heroin found in Rhode Island is obtained from South America.


Dominican criminal groups are the main distributors of heroin within Rhode Island. Though to a lesser degree, Colombian, African American, Hispanic criminal groups and other local independent groups also transport heroin into Rhode Island. Most of the heroin transported into Rhode Island is purchased from the Dominican cartels in New York City and Colombians found in different parts of New York. The drug is transported in private vehicles with false compartments.


Cocaine poses a severe drug threat to the inhabitants of Rhode Island. Just like heroin, cocaine is readily available, and one of the most commonly abused drug in different regions in Rhode Island. Cocaine use in Rhode Island has been associated with the highest number of criminal activities that occurred in this state compared to other illicit drugs consumed by the residents of Rhode Island. The powdered cocaine is often distributed in malls, parking lots, private residents and shopping plazas.


The number of people admitted to a publicly funded rehabilitation facility in Rhode Island for cases of cocaine use increase every year. Last year an estimated 76 percent of the admissions in rehabilitation facilities in Rhode Island were people who had smoked cocaine for a better part of their lives. A significant proportion of Rhode Island residents, abuse cocaine and youths are the most common groups of people who use this drug in Rhode Island. Most inhabitants of Rhode Island have used cocaine at least once in their lifetime. Most deaths that occur in Rhode Island could be attributed to individuals’ use of cocaine.


Cocaine just like heroin is readily available in Rhode Island. Powdered cocaine is sold in kilogram and ounce quantities at the wholesale level in different regions in Rhode Island. Small quantities of the cocaine sold in Rhode Island are usually packaged in small, clear plastic bags. Many times the small quantities of powdered cocaine available in Rhode Island are converted to crack before being sold to the final consumers. Crack cocaine is sold in ounce and gram quantities. To evade the law enforcement personalities during the process of distributing crack cocaine distributors hide the cocaine packaged in the transparent bags in their mouths. The increased availability of cocaine in Rhode Island has increased the level of competition in the middle of the distributors of this illicit drug. Therefore, distributors have been forced to reduce the prices at which they sell their cocaine and at the same time strive to retain the purity of the cocaine they sold to the final consumers. In this way, distributors can fight against competition and retain their existing customers while at the same time attracting new consumers of their product.


Cocaine is the most common drug associated with violent crimes that occur in different regions in Rhode Island. While cocaine abusers would often commit violent crimes to support their habit, the drug distributors on the other hand often engaged in violent criminal activities with the intention of protecting and expanding their territories of operation. More than 30 percent of the shootings that occurred last year in Providence city were caused by the local gangs who distributed crack in Rhode Island.


Cocaine if not produced in Rhode Island. Similarly, there is no place where coca is grown in Rhode Island. The powdered cocaine sold in different parts of Rhode Island is produced in South America. However, powdered cocaine is converted into crack locally. The reasons why the local drug dealers convert cocaine into crack is so that they could not face the dire consequences associated with the possession and transportation of cocaine.


This is the most widely available and the most commonly abused illicit drug in Rhode Island. Marijuana is considered to pose minimal threat to the residents of Rhode Island because its use hardly results in violent acts like in the case of Cocaine and Heroin. Most of the marijuana available in Rhode Island is acquired from Mexico. Other than the marijuana that is produced locally a good proportion of the marijuana used in Rhode Island is also obtained from Jamaica and Canada.


Marijuana is widely used in most parts of Rhode Island. The number of people admitted to the publicly funded rehabilitation facilities for marijuana abuse complications increase every year. The greatest percentage of Rhode Islanders abuses marijuana with the most significant segments of the people who use this drug being the youths.


Marijuana is readily available in most parts of Rhode Island making it the most commonly abused drug in this region. However, the prices of marijuana vary across the state depending on the quantities of the drug and its grade. The different types of marijuana sold in Rhode Island include sinsemilla and commercial-grade marijuana.


Marijuana distributors in Rhode Island commit violent crimes occasionally. Distributors who sell marijuana alongside other drugs commit violent crimes in the form of shootings and assaults to protect their distribution areas and expand to new regions they opt to start their operations. Marijuana abusers hardly take part in violent activities unlike the users of other hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

Diverted Pharmaceuticals

Individuals’ use of pharmaceutical drugs for purposes other than the ones they are intended for leading to addiction is a leading problem in Rhode Island. Some of the pharmaceutical drugs that are often used for the wrong purposes include methylphenidate, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is an analgesic used commonly as a pain reliever for moderate pain and moderately severe pain experienced by patients. Hydromorphone is also an example of an opioid commonly used in relieving pain by acting on the pain-sensitive parts of the body such as the spinal cord as well as the brain. Even with it being that oxycodone is also used in relieving pain just like hydrocodone, it has a higher potential of being abused than hydrocodone. Methylphenidate is a stimulant widely used in treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Pharmaceuticals are misused in a varied of ways in the middle of the inhabitants of Rhode Island. People lie to acquire drugs they are not even prescribed for by their doctors. Some physicians also ascribe their patients’ improper prescription for different drugs more so pain relievers in the hope of attaining quick recovery outcomes for their patients. Employees at the pharmacies steal drugs from the shelves for their personal use or for friends who might request the drugs to use for one reason or another. Other times employees in pharmacies engage in prescription forgeries for the sake of diverting the pharmaceutical drugs for other reasons other than the medical purposes they are intended for. People who may or may not have a natural disease or health complication may visit different physicians in the hope of obtaining excessive quantities of the drugs that should have otherwise been legitimately prescribed to them before using them. Drug misuse also occurs whenever unscrupulous physicians prescribe different kinds of medications to people without a genuine reason for the drug perhaps for sexual favors or at a fee. People who have been legitimately prescribed different drugs for their personal use may decide to divert some proportion of their drugs for financial gains thus leading to the misuse of the drug by the people the prescribed drugs are sold to by the legitimate prescription holders.

The diversion and misuse of oxycodone pose a huge threat to the residents of Rhode Island. The majority of middle-class residents of Rhode Island abuses oxycodone with a good number of the middle age lower income people in Rhode Island being the majority of people who abuse oxycodone. To increase the effect of oxycodone abusers crush the tablets so that they could snort the powder. In other instances, the crushed powder is mixed with a liquid before being injected into the bloodstream. Injecting or snorting this drug evokes the same feeling experienced by individuals who use heroin.

The diverted pharmaceuticals are most sold in Rhode Island both in wholesale and retail by the Caucasian criminal groups as well as the local independent dealers in Rhode Island. Retail distributors sell diverted pharmaceuticals to their established customers and acquaintances. Nonetheless, the price of the diverted pharmaceutical products varies with every location.


Methamphetamine is not produced, distributed or commonly abused amongst the inhabitants of Rhode Island. Therefore, this drug is not considered a significant threat to Rhode Island. Compared to other illicit drugs used in Rhode Island the rate of admissions for people hooked on methamphetamine is lower than the rate of admission for people addicted to illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin.                           

Rhode Island Towns in Drug Crisis

Many people know Rhode Island as the Ocean State, and other people describe this locality as the Plantation State. Rhode Island is widely known by a majority of people for its maritime feel and beachside environment. During summer, people from different parts of the universe moved to this state to visit the beautiful coastline found in this region. However, even with the beautiful sceneries and vibrant culture enjoyed by the residents of Rhode Island, drug abuse is a serious issue within this region.

Substance abuse in Rhode Island

Substance abuse and addiction are a major issue in Rhode Island. If the natives of Rhode Island do not take appropriate action in due time, the consequences of individuals consistent use of different kinds of drugs would be catastrophic. Other than the fact that an overwhelming number of the residents of Rhode Island is growing addicted to opioid the number of cases related to drug overdoses is rising every year. Be it as it may, opioid use is most likely the biggest drug problem in Rhode Island. Besides the prescription opioid pain relievers, heroin is also a huge problem that the healthcare systems in Rhode Island, as well as the justice system, deal with every year. The events in Massachusetts are not any different from all that is taking place in Rhode Island. In the year 2017, close to 1,574 people were confirmed dead after overdosing on opioid. This is a clear that the problem of opioid overdoses is not only limited to Rhode Island. Therefore, states have to work jointly in resolving the problem of drug use experienced in the middle of their residents.

More than 40 percent of students in high school have admitted to using marijuana at one point in their lives. However, it should be noted that marijuana is not only a problem for teenagers but also adults. As of the year 2016, Rhode Island recorded the highest rates of drug use. In 2016, the rate of alcohol consumption was at 63.1 percent while the rate of marijuana abuse was at 10.3 percent. The residents of Rhode Island often consume stronger doses of opioids in the hope of fixing their pain problem as quickly as possible. As such it could be said that most people in Rhode Island who experience an overdose do so without intending. People who use heroin are more likely to get hooked on fentanyl. This is because, on most occasions, dealers strive to increase the potency of the drugs they sell while at the same time reducing the price at which they sell their drugs by mixing heroin, fentanyl, and other prescription painkillers. Dealers prefer fentanyl because it is much stronger than heroin and most likely more intoxicating than morphine. 


Some of the cities in Rhode Island that have registered the highest rates of drug abuse and cases of drug overdose are:

  • Warwick
  • South Kingdom
  • Pawtucket
  • Cranston
  • Providence
  • Exeter
  • Charlestown
  • Woonsocket
  • Burrillville
  • Cumberland
  • Lincoln
  • Smithfield
  • Foster
  • Scituate
  • East Greenwich
  • West Greenwich
  • Richmond
  • Hopkinton

Amongst the 236 cases of drug overdoses that occurred in 2016, 124 cases were reported to have been caused by individuals’ overuse of the opioid pain reliever. In the year 2015 258 deaths occurred due to drug overdose incidents. Forty-seven percent of the 258 deaths that occurred in 2015 were as a result of individuals’ excessive use of fentanyl. Every year, more and more cases of drug overdose are caused by individuals’ excessive use of fentanyl in the hope of relieving their pain. Fentanyl is often abused in the form of transdermal in Rhode Island. 

One thing that makes fentanyl overdose a huge problem for most residents of Rhode Island is that there is no one locality within which the drug problem is concentrated. The issue of fentanyl overdose is spread all over Rhode Island and beyond the state to other bordering countries. The increased cases of drug overdose in Rhode Island are caused by legitimate prescription medications more than the illicit drugs used at different points in time by the inhabitants of Rhode Island. Health practitioners prescribe medications such as opioid pain relievers for longer than the standard period required based on the ethical standards of the state. Often health professionals in Rhode Island prescribe their patients fentanyl and opioids beyond the three-day dosage limitation.

Nationwide Alcohol Abuse

            People who engage in drug abuse also take part in heavy alcohol consumption. It would be no surprise to find people in Rhode Island engaging in binge drinking. Rhode Island has been ranked in the third position amongst states that have recorded the highest cases of deaths caused by alcohol poisoning. In Rhode Island, it has been discovered that men engage in binge drinking more than the women in this region. Early this year, 25.2% of men admitted to being heavy drinkers while only 12.1 percent of the women in Rhode Island admitted to being heavy drinkers.

Contributing factors

People use different drugs for distinctive purposes. Similarly, quite many underlying factors could be attributed to as the primary causes of substance abuse in Rhode Island. Some of the factors that would contribute an individual’s use of different drugs is a person’s upbringing, the poor state of the nation’s economy and more often than not, individuals’ states of poverty. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island as per the year 2017 was reported to be at 7.1 percent, which at the time was the third highest in the entire country. The rate of crime in any given state can either hold back or stimulate individual’s economy. In Rhode Island, there is increased crime rate related to drug use in Rhode Island, with steady rise in the risk to create an imbalanced society where it may be difficult to maintain order should the risk of drug use persist.

Mental illness is also an overwhelming issue that contributes to drug abuse amongst the natives of Rhode Island. Most people in Rhode Island are affected by life-changing defects such as depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. People who experience anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder often find amnesty from their symptoms by self-medicating on different kinds of drugs. Opioids are often the drug of choice for the majority of the natives of Rhode Island. Roughly 37 percent of the people who abuse alcohol in Rhode Island have a mental illness problem while close to 37 percent of the Rhode Islanders who used other drugs have a mental defect. In the United States, Rhode Island has the highest number of people with mental illness.

Hope for the future

In as much as there might be no shortage of drugs in Rhode Island, it is equally important to note that there is no shortage of treatment options in Rhode Island. In fact, Rhode Island has some of the best rehabilitation treatment facilities that anyone could ever wish to become part of in life.

Drug use in Providence Rhode Island

Regardless of being the smallest state in America, Rhode Island for sure has the biggest drug problem in the US. Rhode Island ranks first when it comes to the country with the highest number of people using illicit drugs. Earlier this year more than 90 million doses of stimulants, tranquilizers, narcotics, and sedatives were prescribed for the residents of Rhode Island. In 2013, Rhode Island ranked the third state in the United States with the highest number of residents who abused prescription drugs. Other than being the capital city of Rhode Island, Providence is one of the most populated cities in the United States with the highest rates of addiction, drug abuse, and overdose cases. Between 2015-2017, 229 deaths occurred in the midst of the residents of Rhode Island due to drug overdose, which was the highest rate to have ever been recorded in the entire state during that year.

Heroin is much cheaper in Providence than in Boston. Further, heroin is easy to inject or snort, and it is readily available for the natives of Rhode Island in Providence. The fact that heroin is readily available and cheap makes it the drug of choice for many inhabitants of Rhode Island. The fact that drug dealers lace their heroin with opioid and fentanyl is one of the reasons behind the increased fatality rate caused by drug overdose. Most people buy heroin or cocaine without the slightest clue that the drugs they are purchasing are laced with other drugs such as opioid. People addicted to prescription narcotics are switching to using heroin that is more readily available and cheaper in Rhode Island.

Local Treatment Options

Addiction is a severe brain defect with far-reaching consequences for the individual, the family of the person hooked to drugs and the general society. A good number of the natives of Rhode Island are currently fighting against addiction. Nevertheless, the good news is that addiction is a curable disease and there are many treatment tools, programs, and options that individuals’ could choose from in their hopes to tackle their addiction. Treatment options exist in numerous forms as would be outlined in the following discussions.

Detox Programs

People who undergo the detox program are provided with assistance and supervision in an effort to flash out the drugs infused with a person’s body. People who use alcohol, opioids, and benzodiazepines experience severe withdrawal symptoms that could pose great danger to individuals’ health condition. In such a case, people are advised to ensure that they go through the detox program as the first stage towards their recovery from drug addiction. As part of the detox program some rehabilitation facilities in Rhode Island issue medications to their patients in an effort to manage withdrawal symptoms experienced by the patients. Medications are issued with the close monitoring of emotional health and vital signs to make sure that the patients made good progress in the process of their treatment. Detox programs in Rhode Island often last for a couple of days. However, the medical detox programs require people to enroll in an inpatient facility where drugs are flashed out of individuals’ system. During detox, drugs such as buprenorphine and methadone are often used in treating patients hooked on different kinds of drugs. Medical practitioners prefer using methadone and buprenorphine because patients are less likely feel ‘high’ whenever they use these drugs while medicating. Most significantly, the medications help in reducing relapse, individuals’ cravings for the drugs they abused and in managing the withdrawal symptoms experienced by drug addicts. The medications that are used as substitutes for the opioid medication are given in small doses, administered on a less routine basis. Individuals undergoing the treatment program would then be laid off their prescription medicines over a period of time as a way of weaning patients off the drugs they used.

Outpatient Treatment Programs

The outpatient treatment programs in Rhode Island provide patients with a variety of services such as counseling, support, therapy, and medication. The outpatient programs allow patients to attend sessions at rehabilitation facilities and at the same time go about their work and family life activities. Outpatient patients allow individuals the flexibility they would require in undergoing their daily life activities.

Residential Or Inpatient Treatment Programs

The inpatient treatment programs are more elaborate and provide patients with the highest degree of care. Patient’s needs are attended to on a 24-hour basis. Individuals treatment in the inpatient treatment centers is programmed in such a manner that it allowed for the quick and better recovery of the patients brought to such facilities. Inpatient programs provide patients with a lasting recovery from their addiction.

Peer Support Programs

Support groups provide patients with enduring encouragement throughout their process of recovery. The experiences that people share during support group sessions play an important part in enabling individuals’ deal with their problems despite how difficult it might seem to deal with the issue of addiction. Examples of support group programs found in Rhode Island include the ‘Alcoholic Anonymous Group’ as well as the ‘Greater Providence Area of Narcotics Anonymous.’

Officials in Rhode Island are looking forward to reducing incidences of drug overdose by employing the following strategies:

    Rescue: making sure that the residents of Rhode Island have access to naloxone, a drug that would help in reversing the dire consequences of opioid overdose.

    Prevention: state authorities look forward to providing the residents of the state with education on the drug abuse epidemic and the strategies that could be employed in fighting against the prevailing rate at which the natives of the state use different types of drugs.

    Treatment: the other step towards dealing with the drug crisis in Rhode Island would involve an expansion of the treatment facilities in this region and the provision of more treatment program options for the natives of Rhode Island.

    Recovery: the state strives to improve individuals’ access to peer-based recovery programs and the medication therapies that could help individuals towards recovery.

To improve treatment for addicts in Rhode Island, the addiction treatment programs in this state provide patients with a range of options for their treatment. The different treatment options offered to patients in Rhode Island address individuals’ emotional, social, physical and behavioral aspects of the addiction disease. People would only attain sufficient recovery from addiction by being part of at least a 90-day treatment program whether inpatient or outpatient. Individuals’ treatment programs in the rehabilitation facilities would be followed by aftercare services such as peer support programs that would help remind individuals of the error of their ways and the things they could do to amend their mistakes hence continue leading a sober lifestyle. The recovery process all depends on the decisions made by the individual to transform their lives for the better. Different treatment programs have different benefits to a person’s health progress. However, high-quality care would go a long way in providing individuals with the health requirements they were in dire need of at any given point in their lives.

Peer Support Programs

Scope of the problem

    Even with it being that recent findings have indicated that there has been a reduced rate at which individuals used illicit drugs in Rhode Island, the truth is that substance abuse and distribution in this state is still a huge predicament to reckon with, in most cities found in Rhode Island. Examples of drugs that cause the greatest degree of damage in Rhode Island are cocaine and heroin. The highest percentages of addicts admitted to the rehabilitation facilities found in Rhode Island are hooked on cocaine or heroin. Most of the illegal drugs used by the residents of Rhode Island are obtained from states such as Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Boston. The illegal drug distribution in Rhode Island is controlled by corrupt criminal organizations who take advantage of the geographic location of Rhode Island between two major markets thus providing easy access to the consumers of the products they sold. However, marijuana is readily found throughout the state. On numerous occasions, Rhode Islanders used marijuana in combination with more serious drugs that if not taken in controlled measures may be lethal to a person’s health. Illegal prescription of various types of medications has also become a huge cause of local rehab admissions. Although the abuse of methamphetamine has not yet developed into a great area of concern for the healthcare sector, law enforcement personalities in Rhode Island have of late seized several methamphetamine labs. This is a clear indication of the prevailing rate at which methamphetamine is slowly developing into a problem that authorities in Rhode Island need to be concerned about.

Other than being the two substance abuse concerns in Rhode Island, cocaine and heroin abuse are the two most difficult addictions to deal with. As such, people hooked on cocaine or heroin are usually advised to seek treatment in state of the art rehabilitation facilities if they wished to recuperate well from their addiction. The difficulties experienced by physicians in their attempt to help people addicted to cocaine or heroin recover have forced the majority of health professionals to up their game by coming up with more proficient and adaptive strategies they could use in aiding patients through recovery. Not worry, Rhode Island houses a majority of quality rehabilitation facilities that can help individuals work through their addiction to recovery. Whether it is your loved one afflicted or you are the one in need of medical attention Rhode Island has just the right medical centers that can attend to your varied needs.

Despite being one of the smallest states in the United States, Rhode Island is flooded with colleges and bars of all kinds. Subsequently, there is the need for an increased number of drug and alcohol rehab facilities in this state given the increased availability of drugs making the residents of the state vulnerable to the drug use snares within their surroundings. Providence city has registered the highest percentage of underage drinkers over the past years. This is because drugs have been made readily available for youths given the increased number of bars and joints that students could go to whenever they thought that it was time to go and blow off some steam.

Fortunately, the rehab programs in Rhode Island enlighten individuals on the best strategies to avoid relapse even in cases whereby recovering addicts are presented with alcohol or any other drugs while in social situations. Health professionals in the rehabilitation centers strive to point out the actual causes of individuals’ addiction problem thus enabling them to treat both the factors that caused the addiction in the first place as well as the symptoms that come as a result of the addiction. The withdrawal symptoms that arise from individuals’ addiction to a drug are delicate health situations that should be handled by a health professional with the experience to address any medical situations that might arise in the event of a patient’s treatment. People who try self-detox without professional help run the risk of ending up with a permanent relapse. Hence, consulting a health professional with years of experience in the field remains the only option for all addicts who wish to attain a quick and better recovery.

Most marijuana is grown within the state’s borders. However, the bulk of marijuana used in Rhode Island is often smuggled into the country from other Southern states. Compared to the marijuana obtained from other states, the marijuana grown within the state is considered purer. Consequently, the surplus grown in Rhode Island is often shipped to states like Illinois and Colorado.               

Drug Laws

In Rhode Island, individuals’ possession of any drug could have dire consequences. In as much as people might perceive drug possession as a minor issue, the courts in Rhode Island think of the issue of drug possession differently. This is such that even individuals’ possession of marijuana could lead them to a time in prison. In other instances, drug offenders may be required to commit service or pay fine for their offenses. Therefore, it is imperative that individuals understand the drug laws laid out in Rhode Island. People are charged with possession in cases whereby law enforcement personalities find drugs on their person. Similarly, people may be charged with being in control of the drug dealings. Drugs found in an individual’s home or car can get them charged with drug possession. Most of all, merely being around drugs can get someone in trouble.

Rhode Island Cocaine Laws

The sale, possession, and trafficking of cocaine are forbidden in all nations across the globe. Given the fact that cocaine possess a high potential for abuse Rhode Island and other states have imposed strict penalties for any violations that might occur due to individuals’ involvement in cocaine trafficking and use. While some states impose strict penalties for even the possession of small amounts of cocaine other states offer a more suitable punishment for non-violent offenders including encouraging persuading individuals to enroll in a rehabilitation facility whose expenses are catered for by the government.

Rhode Island offers lesser sentences for individuals who plead guilty to minor cocaine charges. In most cases, people faced with minor cocaine charges would be required to undergo a drug education program as well as 100 hours of community service. Drug-dependent convicted drug dealers face lighter sentences as opposed to the drug dealers who are not drug dependent. The drug courts in Rhode Island provide non-violent drug offenders with the option of either serving time in prison or entering a rehabilitation facility for their treatment.

Marijuana Laws

Authorities in Rhode Island have legalized the possession and use of marijuana as long as it was used for medicinal purposes. Individuals found in possession of small amounts of marijuana for any other purpose other than medicinal would be subjected to a fine of around 150 dollars. However, the people who sell and cultivate marijuana that is more than 5kg in quantity would most likely face a term of life in prison. People with prior marijuana possession charges can face dire consequences if found in violation of state laws regarding marijuana possession. The decriminalization law in Rhode Island does not apply to people found in possession of more than one ounce of the drug. People found in possession of more than one ounce of marijuana are bound to face long-lasting tremendous consequences for their actions. An individual’s driving license may be suspended if the person in question is found in possession of marijuana while driving. People found in possession of more than 1 kilogram of marijuana would be required to pay a fine of close to 500,000 dollars or face ten years in prison.

Other possession drug laws

            People found in possession of other drugs besides marijuana are bound to face even more severe consequences. In such a case possession charges would call for a fine of roughly 500 dollars or three years in jail in situations whereby individuals fail to settle their fine. The penalties as mentioned above only apply to first-time offenders. However, people who have committed multiple drug offenses would be charged more fine and be subjected to a prolonged period in jail. People found in possession of drugs around a school locality face serious repercussions for such an offense. The sentence that would be passed on in such a case would be at the discretion of the judge dealing with the case.

Rhode Island Heroin Laws

People who face minor heroin charges in Rhode Island face less severe repercussions for their offenses. Minor offenders are often subjected to 100 hours of community service, which would be followed by individuals’ participation in a community education program. Drug-dependent drug heroin drug dealers also faced lighter sentences compared to the heroin drug dealers who were not highly dependent on the drugs they sold. It is argued that the drug dealer who is not hooked on the drug he or she sold heroin with the intent of making money. However, for the drug dealer dependent on heroin or other drugs for that matter, their sole purpose of dealing in heroin is so that they could be able to support their habit as opposed to maximizing on the profit they were bound to make from the trade. Just like in the case of marijuana, the non-violent drug offenders in the case of heroin were presented with the option of serving time behind bars or enrolling in a drug rehabilitation facility.  

Given the fact that Opioid is the leading cause of accidental deaths in Rhode Island, it is vital that individuals follow the following steps to prevent death by an overdose:

    The first step involves seeking help for one’s addiction

    Secondly, an overdose could be prevented by pairing up with other people in using the drug

    Individuals should refrain from mixing alcohol, benzos, and opioids.

    People should have a prescription of naloxone on them at all times just in case. Most of all, friends and family members should know how to administer the drug in case of an overdose situation

    Friends and family members should be enlightened on how they could respond to an overdose situation using different kinds of drugs that could be used in alleviating the severity of individuals’ states of addiction.

Causes of action for friends and family members in preventing an overdose death

    Attempt rescue breathing

    If you find someone in an overdose state, call 911 after which you need to stay with the overdosed patient until the ambulance arrives.

    A person can try waking up the overdosed patient by either rubbing the middle of their chest hard or calling out the person’s name loudly.

    Placing the overdosed patient on his or her side helps prevent the patient from choking

    In case of an opioid overdose, individuals can administer naloxone to the overdosed patient to prevent an overdose. Besides, naloxone is sold in most pharmacies in Rhode Island without the doctor’s prescription making it readily available for the inhabitants of Rhode Island. Moreover, people are trained on how they could use the drug the moment it is purchased.

    All medications should be stored in a secure location to prevent unwarranted people from accessing the medicines.

    All unused medications should be disposed of safely

    Most of all, it is important to help addicts obtain the help they need in getting clean.

Signs of an overdose

A drug overdose usually occurs after an hour of drug use, and on other occasions, people experienced drug overdose two to three hours after using a drug. If a person fails to respond to you and shows the signs listed below, then such a person would have had an overdose.

    A pale face and limp body

    No breathing or slow breathing

    An overdosed patient would have blue fingerprints and blue lips

    A person would be unresponsive despite how much you yell out their name or rub your palm in the middle of their chest.

    A person would exhibit heavy nodding tendencies

Rhode Island teen drug and alcohol information

The people in Rhode Island should not neglect the fact that the majority of teenagers are suffering from an addiction. The teen rehabilitation facilities in Rhode Island provide the people in Rhode Island and beyond with the necessary tools that they could use in fighting addiction so that individuals could live a sober life even after being discharged from the treatment centers.

Youth Inspirational Programs

    The inspirational programs for the youths focus on a therapeutic approach in helping youths deal with their addiction. The therapeutic approach has enabled a good number of youths to acquire coping skills that they used in continuing a drug and alcohol-free existence even after they are discharged from the rehabilitation facilities.

    Working in groups alongside other teenagers as well as medical professionals has helped teen addicts understand the essence of sharing in their troubles.

    Therapy, family involvement, and academics are all elements used to bring back addicts back to their normal lifestyles way before they were hooked on a drug.

    Teens who struggle with education due to their excessive use of different drugs are provided with treatment as well as boarding school programs that allow them to continue their education to graduation.

    Teenagers stay in a dorm-like setting within which they are required to exhibit accountability and responsibility by being allowed to handle tasks such as cooking and laundry on their own while under the supervision of caregivers at the rehab centers they were enrolled.

    As part of the recreational therapy program, children are taught how they could associate fun with being sober

    To take the edge off, children are taken to excursions or fun-loving activities such as beach trips, deep sea fishing, movies, concerts and football games as a way of helping the teenagers to heal by showing them what they were bound to miss if they allowed drugs to take control of their lives.

    The first time teenagers are enrolled in a rehabilitation facility most teens are often scared, out of control and unaccountable for their actions. However, once teenagers complete the inspirational program developed as part of the majority of rehabilitation facilities in Rhode Island, teens became hopeful and focused on a better tomorrow for themselves and members of their families. Healthy living becomes the goals of youths enrolled in the juvenile treatment facilities in Rhode Island.

    Inspiration programs have worked well in regions such as Warwick, Providence, East Providence, Pawtucket, and Cranston.

Rhode Island teen drug and alcohol statistics

    More than 13.8 percent of adults in Rhode Island consumed an illegal drug in the past two months. An estimated 10,000 Rhode Islanders used marijuana while roughly 5.8 percent of the residents of Rhode Island used other illegal drugs aside from marijuana.

    Pain relievers have been used un-medically by more than 6000 adolescents in the past six months.

    Adolescent females are more likely to experience alcohol dependence than the adolescent males

    In as much as the majority of Rhode Island natives require medical attention for their addiction, only a few addicts have been able to acquire treatment for the past few months.

Does My Teenager Need Rehab?

If your child may be showing signs of being hooked on a drug it is important that you take appropriate action in helping him or her acquire help from a reputable teenage health rehabilitation facility. The life of a child is too important to ignore some of the incidents that are bound to destroy a child’s life in one way or another. If you may not be sure whether your child may be struggling with an addiction, it may be important to talk to a health professional about it be it the family doctor or other health professionals one could contact at any given point in Rhode Island. It is about time people transformed their family units for the better. Addiction has taken over our lives for quite long. Therefore, it is important that we take power back by seeking treatment for our loved ones hooked on different kinds of drugs. Talking to a health professional about our addiction is the very first step towards individuals’ recuperation from the drugs they used for a prolonged period in their lives.

Teens and Adolescent Residential Treatment Centers

The rehab treatment facilities in Rhode Island help patients heal from addiction, depression, anxiety among other symptoms related to addiction. Teenagers are educated on how they could take charge of their lives by becoming responsible in all their dealings within the society. Lessons taught to teenagers with such facilities remind individuals of how they could contribute positively in developing their communities even if they may be dealing with addiction. Both teens and adolescents struggling with addiction require special care in addressing the patient’s emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual development needs. People dealing with addiction require a change of environment from the surroundings that make them prone to use drugs to safe and controlled treatment environments. Before people commence treatment, individuals are assessed by the health professionals in the rehabilitation facilities. The process of assessment helps in determining individuals’ medical history to find out whether the patients to be treated had a history of psychiatric disorders to determine the kind of medication that would be administered to patients during treatment. Patients who require medical supervision during withdrawal have health professionals assigned the role of making sure that their medical needs are fully attended to. Other than dealing with individuals’ addiction these medical facilities tackle family disputes, issues to do with self-hate, self-injurious behaviors and anger issues that might escalate individuals’ tendencies towards drugs and alcohol use.

Detox Program Treatment Centers

A productive detox program in Rhode Island would often start with an on-site assessment of the patients brought to the treatment centers. The assessment process just as has been stipulated before helps health professionals determine the treatment or care that is to be issued to patients. A detox tapering program is used in determining how long the detox treatment program is to take place and the dosage of medication that the patients would require in helping them wash out the excessive drugs infused into their system. The withdrawal symptoms experienced by people who use different drugs differ hence health professionals in Rhode Island ensure that their patients acquire professional care by ensuring that the patients, detox in a safe and controlled environment. The different types of detox programs issued in Rhode Island include heroin detox, alcohol detox, and opiate detox programs. For people who try to stop their use of a drug and end up experiencing withdrawal symptoms, an inpatient treatment program in Rhode Island is the best option that a person could choose.

Residential Inpatient Treatment Centers

Residential care is often provided within supportive therapeutic communities. Residential treatment centers provide patients with medically supervised withdrawal detox, education, and group therapy that help patients deal with their chemical dependency issue. The amount of time a person would spend in a rehabilitation center would depend on an individual’s treatment requirements and people’s financial capability. The inpatient treatment programs in Rhode Island promote an atmosphere more or else similar to that of a healthy family. During the process of treatment, people experience an environment in which every person is involved by taking part in the activities of the day in a caring, loving and gentle manner. The main goal of all the techniques used in the inpatient treatment program is making sure that all patients recover.

Intensive Outpatient Program Treatment Centers

The intensive outpatient treatment programs assist people in the early stages of recovery from substance abuse. This program helps people in developing the insight and skills that could enable addicts to abstain from drugs and alcohol. IOP is a basic treatment program that clinicians often recommend to their patients as the first stage towards recovery. Many times, IOP is recommended for patients who do not require medically supervised detox to help them with their recovery. IOP could also be adopted by individuals who complete their detox program in helping people continue with their recovery. IOP may be issued on a part-time basis; however, the intensive care provided to patients who are part of such care systems has enabled people to continue their family and work life while at the same time amending their addiction problem.

Besides rebuilding one’s life, people should make sure that they mend their family ties more so for those who live at home at still participate in an outpatient treatment program. Being in consistent contact with the community enables addicts to formulate a long-term recovery support foundation within the community right from the time they start treatment unlike those who go for inpatient treatment option who would have to accustom themselves to their community environment after returning home from the rehabilitation facilities.

Substance Use

People have had questions about the substance abuse predicament in Rhode Island with very few people being provided with answers to the questions they ask. Questions that are being raised by the majority of the inhabitants of Rhode Island are questions concerning individuals’ perceptions of the harm caused by different drugs, the consumption levels of different drugs in different parts of Rhode Island and the drug types abused in Rhode Island be it prescription medications or illicit drugs. Some of the drugs that have been researched on in Rhode Island are listed below:

    Marijuana

    Cigarettes

    Smokeless tobacco

    Generic ‘illegal drugs’

    Prescription drugs

    Other substances such as cocaine, heroin, crack, methamphetamines, inhalants, ecstasy, hallucinogenic drugs, derbisol, steroids, and amphilene.

Understanding substance consumption and understanding the patterns of use in different populations is vital for developing programs for treatment and prevention. High school students are the most vulnerable group in Rhode Island. This is because children are in the process of developing physically and mentally and would always want to explore different aspects of life even if that meant exposing themselves to danger. Substance abuse has both short term and long-term repercussions.


Heroin would most likely remain one of the most common drug threats in Rhode Island. The abuse level of heroin is high due to the availability of low-cost, high purity heroin in different parts of Rhode Island. Youths are gradually starting to use heroin in Rhode Island. Further, the city of Providence would continue being the transshipment point for heroin given its strategic location and good transportation system that it provides the distributors of the drug. Drug abuse would continue taking a toll of most of our lives unless the people of Rhode Island decide that it is about time they said no to different kinds of drugs that negatively affected the lives of both the young and the elderly members of the society. Given the high rate at which people use different drugs in Rhode Island either for recreational purposes or the need to satisfy their addiction, it could be said that Rhode Island may be headed towards a point of destruction. Fortunately, the rehabilitation facilities in Rhode Island provide hope for a better tomorrow. Other than relying on the help individuals acquire from the different types of rehabilitation facilities found in Rhode Island, the natives of this state should take the initiative to fight against the sale, distribution and use of illicit drugs. The very first step towards cleansing our state would involve liaising with the law enforcement personalities by enlightening them of the criminal activities that went on in Rhode Island. The citizens of the state can help the police by providing them with intelligence that could lead to the apprehension of notorious drug dealers who are flooding our streets with all kinds of drugs with the hope of profiting from the addiction of the residents of Rhode Island. It is important to always remember that preventing people’s addiction to drugs is more important than finding ways through which individuals can be healed from an addiction. Besides, not every person hooked on a drug would be willing to find a solution to the addiction problem. In fact, a good number of people hardly realize that they have an addiction problem to seek help from an appropriate health institution. If individuals’ find help for their addiction problem despite how severe the problem might seem it becomes quite easier for addicts to recuperate from addiction. The rehabilitation centers in this country have state of the art facilities as well as qualified doctors who are well versed with the treatment options that could suit the needs of the patients brought under their care. Although there are numerous treatment options available for drug addicts in this state, the inpatient treatment program should always be the better choice for those who wished to attain full recovery from addiction. By adopting all practices people are taught during their treatment sessions in rehab the residents of Rhode Island stand a better chance of surviving the difficult times currently experienced in this region given the increased tendencies at which people are becoming hooked on different substances without even knowing it.