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New NY PSA Addresses Drug Addiction Stigma

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By Faith Jessie.
A new public service announcement focused on educating New Yorkers about the disease of drug addiction was launched on Sunday.

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo's office, the "Faces of Addiction/ Faces of Hope" PSA features New Yorkers in recovery who discuss their past alcohol and drug misuse. It shows the progression of addiction to encourage those who might be suffering to seek help. It also calls on viewers to "Stop the Stigma" often associated with addiction.

“There is no one face that identifies addiction. The disease of addiction can affect people of all races and socioeconomic status. We have to help broaden the understanding that addiction is a disease, just like any other chronic disease, however, treatment is available and recovery is possible. This PSA will help more New Yorkers realize they are not alone, and that we are here to help them take that first step to begin treatment and start on a path toward recovery,” said Arlene González-Sánchez, Commissioner for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

The PSA will air statewide starting February 15th.

New Yorkers struggling with addiction or who might have loved ones that are struggling are encouraged to call the State's HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or text HOPENY (467369)