Citadel Communications’ ABC affiliate WLNE-TV New Bedford, Mass., launched “Opioid Crisis: Addiction Hitting Home” to address the prescription drug abuse epidemic. The two-week series began February 5 with a report on opioid use in the local community. Nightly segments examine different aspects of the issue, including facts about addiction, where the drugs come from, how they devastate families from every income bracket and community, and existing resources.
WLNE’s series culminates February 20 with a prime-time Town Hall special featuring parents, students, mental health and addiction experts, law enforcement and addicts from across Southern New England. The hour-long special will raise awareness, generate ideas and combat stigmas.
“We need to address the Opioid Epidemic and provide the community with critical information on how to seek support, and I am proud of the ABC6 team for shining a light on this urgent public health crisis,” said General Manager Tina Marie Castano.