Fentanyl is Deadly! – Be Informed, You Could Save a Life!

How to Use a Fentanyl Test Strip to Help Prevent Overdose
Fentanyl is a deadly opioid that is being added to other drugs like heroin, cocaine and pills. Fentanyl test strips can tell you whether or not there is Fentanyl in your drugs.  
Click here for a fact sheet on how to use test strips.  
Fentanyl Kills! Some Critical Steps to Help Keep You Alive!

•   Help each other. Don’t use alone — pair up.

•   Fentanyl kills quickly. Make sure you and your friends carry naloxone.

•   Fentanyl comes in pills, pure powders, and powder mixed with other drugs, especially heroin and cocaine.
    You can’t see it, smell it, or taste it. Whatever you do, start low, and go slow.

•   If you think it’s an overdose, Call 9-1-1. Every minute counts!

Call 414-LINK (5465) to get connected to treatment and recovery services.

The purpose of this Mayor’s Opioid page is to provide as much up-to-date information as possible about opioids and their effects, the consequences of misuse, signs of addiction and to connect community members with resources for prevention, treatment and support.

Get Naloxone! 
Naloxone (sometimes called Narcan®) is a medicine that can reverse an opioid overdose. Opioid pain medications and drugs like heroin or fentanyl can slow-down breathing and cause an overdose. Naloxone is safe and effective and comes as a nasal spray. Talk to your pharmacist to learn more. You could save a life!


Fentanylis a synthetic opioid pain reliever. It is many times more powerful than other opioids and is approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain. Illegally made and distributed fentanyl has been on the rise in several states.

Addiction to opioids comes in many different forms. Here are just a few of the stories from those who experienced it. While not everyone becomes addicted to pain medications,

it does happen. Through listening to these stories, our hope is to reduce the stigma, encourage prevention efforts, provide compassion and support for those in need.

Selling Your Home? – Make a Prescription Drug Checklist!

Before you show your home, Realtor.com advises you remove all prescription drugs from your medicine cabinet, even the ones you think are harmless. Click here to learn more

  • Inhalers
  • IV Bags
  • Over-The-Counter Medicines
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

CVS Pharmacy - Open 24 Hours

1400 Hartford Avenue

Johnston, RI 02919

Heroinuse has increased sharply across the United States among men and women, in most age groups, and at all income levels. Some of the greatest increases occurred in demographic groups with historically low rates of heroin use: women, the privately insured, and people with higher incomes.

Mike’s Story Mike shares his experiences with opioid use disorder and how they ended his college sports career and changed his life.

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Count It! Lock It! Drop It!
You can help keep your loved ones safe and prevent misuse or theft by practicing these simple steps to keep all your prescription medications secure and properly disposing of expired or unwanted drugs.

Count It! – Monitor Your Rx Meds!
•   Count your pills frequently to prevent misuse.
•   Check prescription expiration dates often.

Lock It! – Store Your Rx Drugs Safely!
•   Lock up your medications or store in a secure place.
•   Use secure lock bags and boxes.

Drop It! – Dispose of All Unused or Expired Rx Medications!
•   Dispose of all unused, unwanted or expired drugs.
•   Drop boxes are located at the Johnston Police Department, the RI State Police Barracks or 24-hour CVS Pharmacies.

Judy's Story Judy tells her son Steve’s Rx Awareness story and shares the tragedy of losing her son to a prescription opioid overdose.

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Devin's Story Devin shares his story of using prescription opioids after a minor surgery as a teenager and his path to recovery.

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Deterra Drug Deactivation System – Safe Drug Disposal at Home The patented Deterra® System is a scientifically proven product, powered by proprietary MAT12® Molecular Adsorption Technology.

In a simple 3-step process, a user can deactivate drugs, thereby preventing drug misuse and protecting the environment.

Learn more here.

Dispose of Rx Medicines Safely! – Use Authorized Drop Boxes.
Do your part to fight against prescription drug misuse by properly disposing of expired or unwanted medications and help prevent them from getting into the wrong hands. Secure drop boxes are located the Johnston Police
Department, RI State Police Barracks or 24-hour CVS Pharmacies. No questions asked!

What is Accepted
Prescription medications in any dosage form, in sealed clear plastic bag.

What is NOT Accepted

  • Needles (Sharps)     
  • Thermometers
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Lotions/Creams

Rhode Island Centers of Excellence (COE) for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder  

COE is an outpatient program for people with opioid use disorder, where you will get access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) such as Buprenorphine, Methadone or Naltrexone. You will not stay overnight at a COE. Click here for the full list.   

Substance Use & Recovery Support

Facts About Opioid Use for acute pain treatment from the Center for Disease Control.   

Medication Assisted Treatment and Substance Use Disorder Treatment
1126 Hartford Avenue, Johnston                                           

33 Maple Avenue, North Providence

401-519-1940 - 24 hours​

Medication Assisted Treatment, and Recovery Support.        
600 Putnam Pike. Greenville , RI                                               


Medication Assisted Treatment, and Recovery Support.        
1052 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI                                                


The Journey
Medication Assisted Treatment, and Recovery Support.        
985 Plainfield Street, 
Johnston, RI                                        


Anchor Recovery Community Center
Provides support network and variety of programming.         
890 Centerville Road, Warwick, RI                                               

401.615.9945 or 401.721.5100        

Alcoholics Anonymous                                                          


Narcotics Anonymous                                                            





Although prescription pain medications can be effective at treating certain types of pain, there are different treatment options and therapies available. Whether one approach is safer and more effective than another will depend on your unique situation.Click here for a Pain Management Options Fact Sheet from the US DOH, CDC and SAMHSA

Prescription Opioidscan be prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain but can also have serious risks and side effects. Common types are oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), morphine, and methadone.

  • Bloody/Infectious Waste
  • Personal Care Products
  • Packaging
  • Empty Containers/Plastic Bottles

...And Don't Share! - Sharing your Rx medication is dangerous and illegal!

Some important facts about naloxone:

•   Naloxone can be safely administered by lay people.

•   Get naloxone and learn how to use it at any pharmacy. Rhode Island law allows for the prescribing of naloxone at most pharmacies in Rhode Island.
Use this map to find a pharmacy near you.

•   All health insurers in Rhode Island cover at least one type of generic naloxone with a no cost/low-cost co-payment. Medicaid fully covers the cost of generic naloxone and Narcan® single-step intranasal spray.

•   Naloxone awareness posters can be ordered online by visiting
RIDOH’s Publications page.

•   Visit
PreventOverdoseRI.org to find naloxone trainings near you.

Watch this informational video about prescription opioids.

This 1-minute-31-second video is designed to raise awareness about prescription opioids. Some people might think prescription opioids are safer than alcohol or illegal drugs, but the truth is they carry serious risks and side effects. Talk with your doctor about your concerns so you can make informed decisions about your pain management together.

Johnston Police Department

1651 Atwood Avenue

Johnston, RI 02919

Non-Opioid Treatment Options
Before taking an opioid prescription pain medication, talk with your healthcare provider about these effective, non-opioid alternatives for treating pain.