Raimondo enhances 'Addiction is a Disease, Recovery is Possible' campaign
Gov. Raimondo re-launched an enhanced overdose prevention campaign with families of overdose victims, advocates and individuals in recovery on Monday, June 27. Pictured from left to right: Suzanne Coutu, of Cranston, Deborah Parente of Cranston, Department of Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Brown University School of Public Health Dean Terrie Fox Wetle, Governor Raimondo, Elise Reynolds, of Pawtucket, Susan Terhune, of Barrington, John Cabral, of Bristol, George O'Toole, of Warwick, and Jonathan Goyer, of Providence.
Raimondo Enhances 'Addiction is a Disease, Recovery is Possible' Campaign
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo unveiled an enhanced, statewide, multimedia public education campaign to reduce the stigma of addiction and promote treatment and recovery on Monday, June 27. The enhanced campaign includes a new dedicated phone line, 401-942-STOP (401-942-7867), that connects individuals in crisis with treatment and recovery supports. The phone line is staffed by licensed chemical dependency counselors and will be open from 9am to 9pm, seven days a week. The campaign also includes a new website (PreventOverdose.ri.gov) that provides information about prevention, treatment and recovery services, along with a dashboard that is tracking the state's collaborative efforts to save lives.
The campaign and phone line are a part of Raimondo's comprehensive Overdose Prevention Action Plan. Rhode Island's plan has been touted locally and nationally as a model to address the immediate overdose crisis, which has claimed more than 1,000 Rhode Island lives over the last five years.
"This crisis has demanded immediate action and is certainly the most urgent, unanticipated priority I've encountered as Governor. Saving lives starts with raising awareness and understanding," said Raimondo. "Addiction is a disease and recovery is possible. Our campaign will put a human face on this crisis, reduce the stigma of this disease and connect Rhode Islanders with recovery services."
The State has worked with RICARES, the state's recovery community organization, to develop a banner to help raise awareness of the new campaign resources during the Bristol Fourth of July parade this weekend.
(release from Governor's Office)