opinion Newport Rhode Island

At this point, like so many of you, I am well acquainted with the facts surrounding the opioid crisis in New England as a whole, and in Rhode Island especially. These numbers are staggering, especially when put into human terms. According to the RI Department of Heath, more than 1000 Rhode Islanders have died from drug overdoses since 2011, and the number of overdoses in that time that are related to a combination of prescription and illegal drugs has risen significantly.

As the numbers show, many of these overdoses are the result of addictions and dependencies that started with legally prescribed prescription pain killers. An unintended consequence of these treatments is that they can so easily lead to addiction to opioids—heroin and fentanyl top among them.

One of my proudest accomplishments working in the Governor’s Office was working on the Overdose Prevention Plan. We gathered information from all sides of the issue to find solutions to this grave crisis.

To achieve a lasting solution, first we have to make a start. I am in support of the use of Narcan (naloxone) to treat acute overdoses, but the solutions must go deeper to the cause. We must expand treatment options, the public information campaigns, stricter prescription monitoring, and recruit recovery coaches.

I have met hundreds of the people of this district as I have been knocking on doors and you have welcomed me into your homes to have conversations. It has confirmed my belief that we are compassionate to our neighbors in need. One of the main reasons I’m asking for your vote in the primary on July 18th is so that I can make sure this district has a tireless advocate for stopping the rising tide of this opioid crisis.

David Allard, Candidate for RI State Senate

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.