Cumberland, North Smithfield & Lincoln Prevention Coalitions

Communicating with you, so together, we can promote a safe and healthy drug free environment.

February 2021

February is one of our favorite months. Even though it is the shortest month of the year, it is jam-packed with events, including Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day! It is Black History month, as well as: American Heart Month, Canned Food Month, Grapefruit Month, and Hot Breakfast Month! Who knew that a month with only 28 days could fit all that in! The weather can be a little crazy…this might have something to do with the fact that we get our information from a groundhog, or maybe it’s just the crazy Rhode Island weather in general! On those cold wintery days, you can channel February’s namesake, Februa (a roman cleansing ritual) and get a jump on your spring cleaning! Even better, grab a blanket and read through the latest edition of "Communi-Key"!

“While it is February one can taste the full joys of anticipation. Spring stands at the gate with her finger on the latch.” Patience Strong

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During these unprecedented times PAUSE RI is here to help

Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose

Opioid overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in Rhode Island.

What users can do to prevent an overdose death

  • Get help for opioid use disorder;
  • Don't use alone – pair up;
  • Don't mix drugs like benzodiazepines, alcohol, or opioids;
  • Talk with friends and family about responding to an overdose and using naloxone in case of an opioid overdose.
  • Get naloxone and learn how to use it at any pharmacy. Friends and family should learn how to use it if you overdose.
  • Learn more about safer drug use practices on Prevent Overdose RI.

What friends and family can do to prevent an overdose death

  • Call 9-1-1 if you find someone in an overdosed state. Stay with the person until the ambulance arrives.
  • Try to wake the person up by yelling their name and rubbing the middle of the chest hard;
  • Try rescue breathing;
  • Put the person on their side so they do not choke;
  • Stock and use naloxone (also known as Narcan®) to stop a opioid overdose. Rhode Island Walgreens and CVS pharmacies sell this antidote without a doctor's prescription, and it is covered by most health insurers. Training on this drug will be provided when it is purchased;
  • Store all medication in a secure location MORE;
  • Safely dispose of all unused medications;
  • Help loved ones who are struggling with opioid addiction.

Signs of an overdose

If a person has any of these signs and cannot respond to you, he/she may be having a drug overdose. An overdose usually happens 1 to 3 hours after a person has used.

  • Heavy nodding;
  • No response when you yell the person's name or rub the middle of the chest hard;
  • Blue lips or blue fingertips;
  • Slow breathing (less than 1 breath every 5 seconds) or no breathing;
  • Very limp body and very pale face;
  • Choking sounds or a gurgling, snoring noise.
Take the Pledge to be a "SAFE HOUSE"!

Is YOUR home a "Safe House"?!

The Lincoln Prevention Coalition has created “SAFE House” as a parent-to- parent campaign that works to reduce the amount of parents in a community who are providing teens with alcohol and/or allowing teens to drink in their homes. By pledging, you agree that you will not provide teens alcohol and will not willingly allow teens to drink alcohol at your home.

With Covid-19 restrictions, teens are spending more time at home. And many times, it is without supervision from adults. It is crucial for parents to be aware of the dangers of underage drinking and ensuring your home is, in fact, a "Safe House". The stats are alarming;

  • 1 out of 3 teens said they could easily get alcohol from their parents.
  • 2 out of 5 teens said they could get alcohol from a friend’s parents.
  • 1 out of 4 teens have been to a party where adults allowed underage drinking.

The "Safe House" network is designed to be a statewide initiative. Since young people don’t just socialize with those in their own town, a database of parents from other towns helps when families are trying to protect their children.

"Safe House" was recently featured in a Valley Breeze article (HERE!), along with commercials on radio, Channel 12, Cox Communications & a billboard on Lonsdale Avenue.

For more information or to register YOUR home as a "Safe House", click HERE!

Interested in becoming a member of the Cumberland, Lincoln or North Smithfield Prevention Coalition?

Interested in finding out or becoming a member of the Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition? Please join us for our monthly meeting!

**All meetings will be held through Zoom, until further notice. Please contact us directly for a link to the meeting(s).

(For Lincoln Residents) The third Tuesday of each month, at 6pm.

(For Cumberland Residents) The third Tuesday of each month, 4pm

(For North Smithfield Residents) The third Thursday of each month, at 2pm.

Please join us & learn how YOU can be a part of prevention for the community!

Please watch our Facebook page, Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition, for more exciting news!