Smithfield a ‘Recovery Friendly’ workplace

Smithfield a ‘Recovery Friendly’ workplace

SMITHFIELD – Following in Gov. Gina Raimondo’s footsteps, Smithfield has announced it is a Recovery Friendly workplace this week, offering employees and family members and the Smithfield community in recovery the support in the journey back to health.

Town Manager Randy Rossi said the program is about providing a recovery friendly workplace for employees in recovery, or who know someone who is in recovery.

Between 2014 and 2019, 21 Smithfield residents died from drug overdose, which was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rossi said the goal is to promote prevention and recovery in a confidential, judgment-free workplace environment to reduce the stigma associated with substance abuse disorders.

“It’s about letting people know we’re here and have the services to support them if needed,” Rossi said.

Department directors, including Rossi, trained with John Tassoni, Jr., Rhode Island Substance Use Mental Health Leadership Council to learn about substance abuse recovery, and how to deal with it, Rossi said.

Rossi said Smithfield has protocols in place to help deal with dangerous situations if substance abuse is happening to make a safe situation first. He said the safety of schools, children and residents come first.

“We’re a judgment-free workplace after,” Rossi said.

The program extends beyond town employees to family members and friends.

For more information, visit www.recoveryfriendlyri.com or call the toll free number at 800-445-1195.

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Does anyone have the number of residents that have passed from cancer in the town?? I don't think anyone has ever looked into the high rate of cancer deaths in Smithfield.....