Connecticut officials unveil new opioid awareness campaign

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency in October 2017, the nation's governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are launching a statewide public awareness campaign to help link health care providers, pharmacists and others with the resources they need to address the state’s opioid abuse problem.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and several state commissions on Monday unveiled a new public service announcement, which urges people to visit The Change the Script campaign also includes educational materials to be distributed by the state to local health departments, local prevention councils and others about prevention, treatment and recovery options.

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Change the Script messages will soon be seen on billboards and busses, as well as in television, radio, print, and online advertising.

Department of Public Health Commissioner Raul Pino says he hopes the materials will encourage a larger dialogue between patients and prescribers when addressing pain management.

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