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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-04-2020

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20 THE VALLEY JUNE 4-10, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Rhode Island launches Buprenorphine Hotline PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has launched a 24/7 phone line to help people with opioid use disor- der or opioid withdrawal symptoms access providers, medication and outpatient treatment that can help on the road to recovery. The new Buprenorphine Hotline, 401-606-5456, uses telehealth to con- nect individuals to health care pro- viders who can prescribe buprenor- phine, a treatment option for people with opioid use conditions. Launched by the Department of Health and the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, the phone line also links individuals to continued outpatient treatment. "During the COVID-19 pan- demic, we have to be even more proactive, deliberate and innovative in getting resources and supports to people living with substance use disorder," said Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. "The Buprenorphine Hotline allows someone to take the first step in their journey of recovery simply by pick- ing up the phone, no matter the day or time." Starting people on buprenor- phine through telehealth has only recently become possible under new guidance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in response to the COVID-19 public health emer- gency. The prescriptions available through the phone line are for indi- viduals who want to start buprenor- phine treatment. Individuals who already have prescriptions for buprenorphine should work with their current health care provider. For more information, visit www. . BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD Wesley United Methodist members LYNNE LAMARRE and VALERIE VALENTINE stand in front of a portion of the donations the church has been helping collect for the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry. LINCOLN – In an effort to help members of the community who are struggling to make ends meet and to put food on the table, members of a local church have stepped up to cre- ate a new food drive. In just a few weeks, parishioners at Lincoln's Wesley United Methodist Church have donated hundreds of nonperishable food items to the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry in Cumberland. Lynne Lamarre said the idea to collect food for the local pantry came as she was donating food to the Lincoln Council of the Knights of Columbus last month. The Council has been collecting food every Friday since mid-March, when coro- navirus shut down many local busi- nesses and left thousands of people unemployed. "As I was leaving, I thought: our church should get involved with something like this," Lamarre said. With support from the Rev. Beverly Stenmark and with help from fellow church members like Valerie Valentine, Lamarre began to reach out to local nonprofits they might partner with. She said the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry was overjoyed to receive, "whatever we could give," and that once the call for items was put out to the church community, donations began pouring in. Chuck Marcotte, treasurer of the food bank, said it would be help- ful if they focused on specific items. People are currently not allowed to enter the food pantry building to select items, and donations are instead sorted and put in evenly dis- tributed boxes. The pantry suggested pancake mix, which is difficult to order via whole- salers. "I asked how many they need … they said 400 boxes," Lamarre said. She again put out the call to the church community, and said people have been very supportive of the effort. "Everyone has pitched in. We're constantly getting more pancake mix boxes and syrup," she said. Every month, they will ask for a specific food item depending on the food pantry's needs. For those interested in donating, a monitored collection box has been placed outside the doors of Wesley United Methodist Church at 55 Woodland St. to collect donations. "We're looking to spread our Christian values. We want to do whatever we can to help our neigh- bors," Lamarre said. "The effort has definitely brought people together during this difficult time." Pancake mix and syrup is being collected until June 12. Church collecting donations for NRI Food Pantry By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer Uncle Ronnie's Restaurant & Red Tavern 2692 Victory Highway, Burrillville, RI 568-6243 • U R Fine Food & Spirit RESERVE YOUR TABLE NOW 401-568-6243 RESTAURANT AND OUTDOOR DECK SEATING Wednesday & Thursday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday Noon - 9 p.m. Full Menu Still Available For Take Out WWW.ASIAGRILLE.COM LINCOLN MALL PLAZA 334-3200 Open Daily at 11 a.m. Spring over to fine Asian Cuisine OPEN FOR TAKEOUT ONLY Local Eats

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