State Government Press Releases

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01/21/2015
Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports the data on apparent accidental drug overdose deaths, use of Narcan by Rhode Island Emergency Medical Services, and prescribed controlled substances. Since January 1, 2015, there have been seven apparent accidental drug overdose deaths.
01/14/2015
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is warning consumers with peanut allergies about the recall of certain Morningstar Farms Black Bean Burgers and Chipotle Black Bean Burgers. Individuals who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-...
01/13/2015
New survey results show that Rhode Island ranks third in the nation for hospital support provided to new mothers and babies while they're learning to breastfeed. Rhode Island achieved an overall score of 86 out of 100 in the 2013 Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey...
01/09/2015
As a new year begins and people think about life-changing resolutions, the Departments of Health (HEALTH), Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH), and Anchor Recovery Community Center today launched a new campaign aimed at getting assistance to Rhode Islanders...
01/05/2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Jardine Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Chili Mix products because they may contain undeclared peanut proteins. One of the spice ingredients purchased contains peanut proteins, an allergen which is not declared on the products' ingredient statement. People who have...
01/02/2015
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) Tobacco Control Program launched a new text messaging campaign today aimed at helping teen tobacco users ages 18 and under kick the habit. Text To Be An EX (T2BX) is a one-of-a-kind, two-way, customized text message cessation support and education...
12/30/2014
PROVIDENCE – Michael Fine, MD, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), has issued a Declaration of Widespread Flu Incidence Statewide. This declaration triggers Rhode Island's regulations requiring all healthcare workers who have not been immunized against influenza to wear a...
12/19/2014
1. Wash hands. Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling any food. 2. Use different cutting boards for different foods. Consider using separate cutting boards for ready-to-eat foods such as fresh produce, bread, and cooked foods versus raw meats,...
12/16/2014
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has announced that the 2015 Rhode Island Health Professional Loan Repayment Program application cycle is open through February 13, 2015. The program offers health education loan repayments to eligible health professionals who serve in a...
12/15/2014
Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports the latest numbers on apparent accidental drug overdose deaths, use of Narcan by Rhode Island Emergency Medical Services, and prescribed controlled substances. Since January 1, 2014, there have been 212 apparent accidental drug overdose...