Opioid Overdose Reporting

Hospitals and Emergency Departments across the state are required to report all cases of suspected opioid overdoses within 48 hours. This reporting requirement creates a consistent system for tracking anonymous data from patients who are admitted to hospitals / Emergency Departments for a suspected drug overdose. The data identifies overdose risk factors as well as geographic clusters of overdoses in near real-time. As a result, the Rhode Island Department of Health and other entities can mobilize statewide resources to respond to the needs of high-risk populations.

What physicians, physician assistants, and registered nurses must do

  • Report cases of opioid-related drug overdoses within 48 hours to the Rhode Island Department of Health.
  • Provide demographic information concerning the person attended or treated without disclosing the name, address, or any other information concerning the person's identity.

What we have done

  • Made consistent efforts to educate hospital and Emergency Department stakeholders on the reporting plan.
  • Conducted site visits at hospitals / Emergency Departments with Medical Directors and support staff to review the reporting requirement.

What we do

  • Mobilize statewide resources to respond to the needs of high-risk populations.
  • Send certified mail to non-compliant hospitals / Emergency Departments indicating the failure to comply will result in a formal complaint.

What we will do

  • Beginning July 30, 2017, we will issue a complaint to the appropriate regulatory board and Center for Facility Regulations if a hospital or emergency department is deemed non-compliant.