Stephanie Yarnell-Mac Grory, MD, PhD, Clinical Instructor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, has been elected to serve on Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force.
Yarnell-Mac Grory, a former trainee at Yale, will be a direct advisor on addictions policy, especially around the opioid epidemic. She is an expert in addictions, having completed a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Yale in 2019. She is also a graduate of the Yale Psychiatry Residency Program.
The task force, which meets monthly, has set a goal to reduce opioid overdose deaths in Rhode Island by one-third within three years through prevention, treatment, increased access to the opioid antagonist Naloxone, and expanded recovery services. Like most states, Rhode Island has seen an increase in the number of opioid-related deaths. In 2014, more Rhode Islanders died from drug overdoses than from guns and cars combined.
Yarnell-Mac Grory is Assistant Chief of Psychiatry for the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. She is also Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.