2013-05-16 / News

Health Department warns of synthetic drug

The state Health Department is beginning an investigation into a cluster of deaths that appear to be related to the use of a new synthetic drug. In light of the situation, health officials are en­couraging Rhode Islanders to be aware of Narcan, also known as Naloxone, which is an antidote to opioid abuse that is available without a prescription.

Rhode Island’s medical examiner has confirmed 10 deaths since early March of patients who appear to have died with the substance in their bodies. Most of these patients are from the northern Rhode Island area, and appear to have been intravenous drug users.

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