State Government Press Releases

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10/29/2013
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is advising consumers not to eat prepared, ready-to-eat salads from Boston Salads and Prepared Foods that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company, based in Boston, MA, is voluntarily recalling products that were distributed in...
10/29/2013
With Halloween only a few days away, the Rhode Island Department of Health offers these tips to remind Rhode Islanders how to stay safe and healthy while preparing for Trick or Treating. - Be Smart With Your Treats Inspect candy for signs of tampering, such as ripped packaging, pinholes,...
10/25/2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Michael Fine, M.D, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), announced that HEALTH has rendered two decisions that will affect the acquisition of Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island by Prime Healthcare Services-Landmark, LLC,...
10/23/2013
In a world of rapidly evolving information technology, the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (BMLD) has created and approved policy guidance for the appropriate use of social media in the practice of medicine. Rhode Island's guidelines are based on guidance of the Federation...
10/12/2013
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) State Health Laboratories has identified a new packaging, in pill form, of the synthetic drug, acetyl fentanyl. The State Lab identified the substance in pills brought in for testing to be acetyl fentanyl, the synthetic opiate identified by the Lab...
10/09/2013
The State Medical Examiners' Office has preliminary data that show accidental deaths caused by illicit drug overdoses nearly doubled in Rhode Islanders between 2009 and 2012. Illicit drug overdose deaths involving street drugs like heroin and cocaine increased from 53 in 2009 to 97 in 2012,...
09/27/2013
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) have issued Health Advisories for J.L. Curran Reservoir (located in Cranston) and Melville Pond (located in Portsmouth) because of blue-green algae blooms in both bodies of water. Rhode Islanders...
09/25/2013
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is lifting the boil water advisory that has been in place for customers of the Kent County Water Authority and for Potowomut customers of the City of Warwick Water since Sunday. The boil water advisory is being lifted because samples from the Kent...
09/24/2013
Tests results for water from the Kent County Water Authority revealed no signs of coliform bacteria on Tuesday. This was the second consecutive day that test results revealed no signs of coliform bacteria in the system's water. The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Kent County...
09/24/2013
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) launched its annual flu immunization campaign with a kick-off event today at the Rhode Island State House. The dangers of the flu and importance of being vaccinated were discussed by Director of Health Michael Fine, MD, First Lady Stephanie Chafee,...