In the United States, many people associate substance abuse and addiction with things such as a lack of education, poverty, and other social issues. However, addiction affects everyone regardless of age, race, sex, or economic class. Since the stigma of addiction is so strong, it causes many people to fear reaching out for help or seeking recovery. One Massachusetts governor seeks to change that in his state.
Massachusetts Campaigns Seeks to End Stigma of Addiction
Massachusetts Governor Charlie baker seeks to change the way people view drug abuse and highlights MA residents in recovery in the new “State Without Stigma” campaign. This campaign has been running through radio spots, television commercials, social media and billboards. It encourages struggling addicts to seek treatment and not to be ashamed of their condition.
Baker wants to make it easier for people struggling with addiction to seek treatment. Like the rest of the country, Massachusetts has experienced much tragedy as a result of the opioid addiction. Over 1,000 Massachusetts residents died from opioid overdoses in 2014. This number is expected to increase. “The crisis is at the forefront of all of our communities and we must face it head-on,” Baker states. “Today, the campaign begins to stomp out the stigma of addiction.”
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