Rhode Island State Representative David Place

State Representative David Place's office submitted these responses to the American Opioid Podcast on 8/13/2019 20:36:39 PM.

What district of Rhode Island do you represent?

 

District 47.

 

Briefly, how would you describe the opioid crisis in your state?

 

Severe.

 

What are the two or three most significant bills that have been introduced in your chamber to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state?

H 6189 and H 5537A.

 

What was your involvement, if any, in those bills (e.g., introduction, advocacy, vote pledge)?

I opposed both bills because they increased the likelihood a person would be forced into the black market for legitimate pain relief.

 

Have any of the bills passed? If not, why?

 

Both passed.

 

What was the most memorable experience you had while learning about the opioid crisis in your state?

As a town councilman my community was, for six weeks, the OD capital of the US.

 

If you had a magic wand that allowed you to pass any legislation you wanted in order to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state, what would that legislation look like?

It would provide funds for every community to establish a locally based outreach, treatment and follow up recovery assistance program. Similar to the one in my community.

 

Are there any additional thoughts you would like to share?

My primary experience with the opioid crisis was as a Town Councilman. The treatment assistance program I conceived is, to my knowledge, the only one of its kind in New England.