Sesame Street Introduces a New Character To Help Kids Understand the Opioid Crisis
Seseame Street has introduced a new character to help kids understand the opioid crisis. The new character is named Karli, a bright green, yellow-haired friend of Elmo’s whose mother is battling addiction. Sesame Street creators said they turned to the issue of addiction since data shows 5.7m children under the age of 11 live in households with a parent with substance use disorder. America’s opioid crisis has grown steadily worse in recent years. The Department of Health and Human Services reported 10.3 million people misused opioid prescriptions last year, and an average of 130 people die every day from opioid-related drug overdoses.
National Director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Children’s Program Jerry Moe was an instrumental key advisor on the important and timely initiative. Watch to learn more and share with family and friends.
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