Harrisburg, PA - Today, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Jennifer Smith joined stakeholders, advocates, and community members for a conversation addressing stigma associated with individuals battling substance use disorder. During the event, participants shared personal experiences and discussed local resources available for individuals in need of treatment services. The event was held on the campus of Penn State Hershey.
“Although the opioid epidemic has affected every Pennsylvanian in some way, stigma is still prevalent across the commonwealth,” said Secretary Smith. “By bringing together community members to engage in meaningful conversations, our goal is to educate our loved ones, neighbors, and friends on the importance of recognizing addiction for what it is – a disease. In doing so, we are giving hope to individuals battling substance use disorder.”
The discussion was held as part of Share Your Opioid Story, a collaborative initiative between DDAP, Penn State Justice Center for Research, and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, established to help tell the personal stories behind the statistics of the opioid crisis, to decrease stigma surrounding addiction, and to give hope to individuals battling addiction.
Individuals seeking recovery resources for themselves or a loved one can call the toll-free PA Get Help Now helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). A live chat option is also available online or via text message at 717-216-0905 for those seeking help who may not be comfortable speaking to a helpline operator.
Learn more about what Governor Tom Wolf and his administration are doing to battle the opioid crisis here.
For more information on the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and treatment options around the commonwealth, visit here.