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Animal Experiences with Dave Marchetti
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Charlestown

Nutrition Seminar
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Westerly

Saturday Sweat Fitcamp
11 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Westerly

Hope Valley Indoor Winter Farmers Market
11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wyoming

Easter Egg Hunt
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

Local Author Presentation
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

Book Signing
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Westerly

Free Income Tax help
2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Charlestown

11th Annual SUFA Pins for Pets Bowlathon
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Westerly

The Foursome
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Westerly

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Overdose deaths in Rhode Island climb to 85


PAWTUCKET (AP) — The Rhode Island health department says seven more people have died of accidental overdoses in Rhode Island, bringing the number this year to 85.

Dr. Michael Fine reported the new number today at an event highlighting the state’s efforts to combat the crisis.

Craig Stenning, director of the state agency that oversees behavioral health, cited two new initiatives, including one where “coaches” trained in substance abuse will be available at hospital emergency rooms in Providence and Pawtucket. The other program will offer physicians access to immediate assessments for patients at high risk of opiate abuse.

State police have completed training in the administration of the anti-overdose drug Narcan and will soon carry it. Other municipal departments are following suit.

Fine called addiction a disease of “staggering impact.”



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