Behavioral Health Data

Naloxone is a medicine that can reverse an overdose. Improving access to naloxone helps prevent overdose deaths.

Purpose

To assess Rhode Island's progress towards advancing health equity, as part of Rhode Island's statewide health equity indicators.

Key Information

Indicator Ratio: Number of naloxone kits distributed to number of overdose deaths
Data Source Rhode Island Department of Health | PreventOverdoseRI (available annually)
Strata City/Town
What this indicator means This indicator is expressed as the number of naloxone kits distributed per every 1 overdose death by city or town. The data are available by city and town via the PreventOverdoseRI website, and an interactive map is available for overdose deaths and naloxone data. For this indicator, a higher ratio is considered a more favorable outcome, because it indicates a high availability of naloxone kits relative to the number of overdose deaths occurring in that city or town. However, most cities and towns have no reportable ratio, because the number of overdose deaths in a year in that city or town is too small (fewer than 5). In these cases, small numbers are suppressed for purposes of statistical reliability and to protect confidentiality. In other words, any city or town that had fewer than 5 overdose deaths during the year will not have valid, reportable data for this indicator. Thus, data suggesting towns as the "most" or "least" disadvantaged should be interpreted with caution, because valid data only exist for areas with more than five deaths per year. Arguably the most favorable outcome is to have overdose death numbers too small to report, but those cities and towns cannot be represented by this indicator.

Key Findings, 2017

  • North Providence and Providence had the highest ratios of naloxone kits to overdose deaths.
  • Coventry and Portsmouth had the lowest ratios of naloxone kits to overdose deaths, with fewer than 3 naloxone kits distributed per 1 overdose death in that town.
  • 24 out of 39 cities and towns had fewer than 5 overdose deaths in 2017.

Rhode Island Numbers

Ratio: Number of naloxone kits distributed to number of overdose deaths

Data Source: Prevent Overdose RI | Rhode Island Department of Health