The Rhode Island Foundation is providing a $250,000 grant to purchase thousands of opioid overdose prevention kits until a more sustainable source of state funding is in place.
The grant announced recently to the University of Rhode Island will enable the Community First Responder Program at its College of Pharmacy to purchase approximately 3,000 Narcan kits for distribution to community-based recovery and harm reduction organizations across the state.
Authorities say there is a critical need for the kits. Supplies of Narcan, which is also known as naloxone, are seriously depleted as drug overdoses rise.
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