- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Health officials have launched a new campaign to help Rhode Islanders addicted to drugs and alcohol.

The departments of Health, Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals and the Anchor Recovery Community Center gathered at the community center’s Pawtucket location Friday to formally begin the campaign titled “Addiction is a Disease. Recovery is Possible.”

The campaign features eight local men and women publicly sharing their personal stories of addiction and recovery. Their testimonials will be featured in radio and television advertisements, on posters on buses and in the community, and online.

Numbers released Friday show that 232 accidental drug overdose deaths were recorded in 2014, the same as in 2013.

Health Director Michael Fine says he wants people to know there’s help, and there are people who succeed at long-term recovery.

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