To access the Needs Assessment Data for the East Bay Regional Coaition or any of the individual community coalitions, please select from one of the links below.
As with other regions in RI and across the US, the East Bay is concerned about opioid misuse and overdose deaths. From February 2016 to May 2017, our region had 129 visits to the Emergency Department for overdose (www.preventoverdoseri.org). We will be working with local pharmacies and law enforcement agencies to educate the public about proper use, storage, and disposal of medications.
“Police are using Narcan on ride-arounds on a daily basis”
Massachusetts has legalized recreational marijuana and retail pot shops open in the summer of 2018. Because our region borders MA there is concern that our residents may cross state lines to use marijuana. This could create numerous public health problems including a rise in impaired driving. We will be working with our partners in other regions in RI to educate our residents through statewide media campaigns.
“It’s a trickledown effect: you legalize it, more people use it, it becomes more accessible, kids will be able to get it even easier.”
In the East Bay 17-32% of our youth say they have felt sad or hopeless and 27-31% of our elderly have been diagnosed with depression (East Bay Regional Coalition Needs Assessment 2017). The East Bay is working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to support evidence-based programming in all of our communities.
“Youth don’t have any training on how to ask for help.”
Use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) by RI high school students is at 19% (health.ri.gov) and threatens to negate downward trending of tobacco use over the past few years. The East Bay will continue to work with the RI Department of Health to educate communities about ways to counteract the marketing and retail practices that contribute to this such as local retail licensing ordinances. In addition, the coalition will work with the East Bay Tobacco Youth Council to assist schools in addressing this escalating problem.
“Vaping is so new I don’t think adults know what to do or even what they look like.”
Ann Marie Roy, ICPS