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An interfaith memorial service for the 1,250 Rhode Islanders who have died of opioid overdose in the last five years was held Thursday at the First Baptist Church in America in Providence.

An interfaith memorial service for the 1,250 Rhode Islanders who have died of opioid overdose in the last five years was held Thursday at the First Baptist Church in America in Providence. The service was a collaboration of clergy, the St. Matthias Ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence and a group known as FIRE, which stands for Faith Infused Recovery Efforts. Besides music and prayer, speakers including personal family stories of the affliction of addiction.

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A jarring comment at the close of the June 14 Governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force meeting challenged the way that strategies are being implemented, and whether they benefit the people seeking treatment and recovery.

Governer Gina Raimondo

PHOTO BY RICHARD ASINOF Gov. Gina Raimondo talks at the opening of the new Lifespan Recovery Center on June 19, as Dr. Timothy Babineau, president and CEO of Lifespan, listens attentively.

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