#EveryoneKnowsSomeone Awareness Campaign
Did you know that an estimated 23.5 million Americans live with addiction? That’s about the population of Texas (Drugfree.org)
CT is on track to lose almost 900 residents to overdose death in 2016 – a number that has more than doubled in the last few years. (CT Coroner’s Office)
In the U.S. an estimated 1 in 12 teens suffers a substance use disorder (SAMHSA)
While addiction is now identified as a brain disease and strikes people from all walks of life, we still don’t talk openly about how it affects us and our community. The stigma causes those who suffer to feel shame and embarrassment, creating a major obstacle for those who need help.
The THS Youth2Youth Club, TPAUD and The C.A.R.E.S. Group joined forces to launch an awareness campaign around the issue of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.
Substance abuse and addiction affect every segment of our society – we all know someone who has been affected, directly or indirectly. This week’s campaign, called “Everyone Knows Someone”, is designed to raise awareness, especially since breaking the silence around this issue could save a life.
Youth2Youth Club members decorated the school and sidewalks to remind people to stand up to the stigma around substance abuse and addiction. Youth2Youth members and their classmates also wore t-shirts with the #EveryoneKnowsSomeone logo. During the lunch waves, Trumbull High students pledged to break the stigma. Youth2Youth also distributed lists of resources available for anyone struggling with substance abuse.