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The negative consequences of Kristen’s Law were known and predicted; Our elected leaders passed...

"We know, based on decades of criminal justice based drug policy, that harsher penalties do not decrease drug using activity. So,...

Hearings this week on Governor Raimondo’s marijuana legalization proposal

The state Senate Finance and Judiciary committees will hold a joint hearing today on Article 20 of Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed budget,...

Lisa Peterson: We need to rethink how we approach substance use

The House District 68 Democratic Primary Candidate Forum held on January 28, 2019 was generally comprised of the usual questions, with each...

Substance use and overdose prevention PAC kicks off

Recovery, medical, and public health advocates started the Substance Abuse and Overdose Prevention Political Action Committee (SAOP PAC). The PAC focuses on public health...

Representative Walsh to Governor Raimondo on Kristen’s Law: ‘Real lives are more important than...

About two dozen people gathered in the rotunda of the Rhode Island State House to protest the governor’s signing of Kristen’s Law. The governor...

As calls for a veto pile up, Governor Raimondo says she will sign Kristen’s...

As she was entering the hotel to deliver the keynote at the Second Annual Community Overdose Engagement Summit in Warwick, I asked Governor Gina...

RI Latino PAC urges Governor Raimondo to veto Kristen’s Law

Last week, the Rhode Island House of Representatives passed H7715, also known as Kristen’s Law, introduced by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello (Democrat, District 15,...

Ignoring reason and compassion makes for bad policy: RI House passes Kristen’s Law

Violating the tenets of both reason and compassion, the Rhode Island House of Representatives approved Kristen’s Law on Thursday, a bill sponsored by Speaker...

Kristen’s Law won’t deter drug use and will ruin lives, say addiction experts

Both medical professionals and the recovery community stand against Kristen’s Law (S2279A / H7715), which would give up to a life prison sentence to...

Fentanyl test strips can save lives, but we need legislation

"For the price of just $1, a life can be spared," said Michael Galipeau of RICARES. "We are tired of dying out here, and for...