On Friday President Barack Obama signed into law legislation authored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to give those on the front lines of the ongoing opioid abuse epidemic in America better tools to combat it.
Warwick Officer Aaron Steere was traveling east on Rte. 37 near Post Road when he spotted a maroon 1999 Plymouth Minivan with expired inspection stickers and, he soon learned, plates registered to another car, so he stopped it and found the two women inside in possession of dozens of hypodermic needles, heroin, and seven cats in poor health.
RI State Police made two arrests in and involving Warwick this week; one after a traffic stop turned up a Providence man wanted for violating a protective order, and the other after troopers responded to a report of an erratic driver in Hopkinton, discovering him in possession of heroin.
The House has approved the Senate version of the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act (2016-S 2002), introduced by Sen. Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick), exempting anyone administering an opioid antagonist to prevent a drug overdose from liability.
Traffic stops conducted this week by RI State Police accounted for a number of Warwick-related arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs (DUI), and for possession of heroin, starting with the end of a long holiday weekend.
Officer Scott Chanthaphouvong was called to the area of 153 Bald Hill Road Sept. 9 at 10:15 p.m. for a report of a red 2004 Toyota Camry driving all over the road, ultimately arresting the passenger for heroin possession.