Here's what we're doing to

help end the war on drugs

What we've already accomplished

     In 2012, Protect Families First organized and hosted Drug Policy Alliance's "New Directions Rhode Island: A Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug Policy"

    In 2012, Protect Families First organized and hosted Drug Policy Alliance's "New Directions Rhode Island: A Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug Policy"

    • We've given presentations on harm reduction and overdose prevention at colleges, parent organizations, police departments, non-profit organizations, and state agencies.
    • We educated lawmakers on the harms of incarceration-based approaches to the overdose crisis. 
    • We've trained more than 2,000 at-risk individuals and loved ones on how to prevent overdose and administer naloxone.
    • We advocated for and helped implement a naloxone distribution program at the Department of Corrections so that prisoners can receive a free kit of naloxone upon release. We also started a program to train visitors at the Department of Corrections in overdose prevention and to distribute naloxone to visitors. 
    • We've organized community forums to discuss the impact of marijuana and drug policy on youth.
    • We galvanized broad support to ultimately win the passage of a permanent and comprehensive Good Samaritan law that protects people, including those on parole/probation, who call 911 at the scene of an overdose from being charged with low-level drug crimes.
    • We hosted the first public forum on overdose prevention sites in Rhode Island. 
    • We designed and hosted Drug Policy Alliance's New Directions Rhode Island conference. The theme of the conference focused on how the war on drugs harms families and youth.