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RIDMAT/MRC health professional volunteers provided vaccinations and medical treatment to students of Providence College as second case of meningitis confirmed.
95 medical health professional volunteers were activated by the RI Medical Reserve Corps (RIDMAT/MRC) including EMS professionals, Nurses, Pharmacists and Physicians providing over 600 volunteer hours and 3,060 vaccinations.
RI Medical Reserve Corps Receives a $20,000 MRC Challenge Award for
Public Health Initiatives to Benefit All Rhode Islanders
Funds to be used to decrease deaths from opioid overdose and increase
access to life-saving medications.
The Rhode Island Medical Reserve
Corps has been awarded a $20,000 Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Challenge Award
from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in
partnership with the Office of the Surgeon General. The award will be used to
provide opioid overdose prevention, recognition, and treatment education to
Rhode Islanders most at risk. It will
also help expand access to naloxone, a life-saving medication that is used to
treat opioid overdose.
Rhode Island has the seventh highest fatal overdose rate in the nation
and drug overdose has been the leading cause of accidental death in the state
since 2008. This award will serve as the initial funding for RIDMAT/ MRC's
Naloxone and Overdose Prevention Education Program (NOPE-RI). Drawing from the
same robust volunteer base that fueled the successful H1N1 vaccination clinics
in 2009-2010, NOPE-RI will work collaboratively with community groups and
social service organizations that are in contact with the at-risk population to
deliver the curriculum. The program
educates opioid users, their families and friends on overdose prevention,
overdose recognition, and overdose treatment, including the administration of
naloxone (Narcan), a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of
opioids. NOPE-RI works with the Drug
Overdose Prevention and Rescue Coalition to ensure that all Rhode Islanders
have the tools they need to prevent, recognize, and treat opioid overdose.