Nearly 20 Someone You Know ambassadors who had been featured in the Someone You Know campaign went to the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer to use storytelling to advance the campaign’s goal of reducing the stigma of addiction. The ambassadors shared their personal experiences with members of the House of Representatives. They spoke about recovery, the loss of a loved one to an opioid overdose, or supporting a loved one’s journey. An interactive mobile exhibit displayed videos of the ambassadors.
Representatives Madeleine Dean (PA-4), Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1), and former PA Governor Thomas Ridge spoke about their personal connections to the opioid crisis. Other attendees included Rep. Dwight Evans (PA-3), Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-5) and Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6). The ambassadors also met with U.S. Senators Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey on the Senate steps for a brief chat and photos.
Someone You Know is part of the Foundation’s Supporting Treatment and Overdose Prevention (STOP) initiative. Through STOP, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million to regional partners to fight the opioid epidemic. Last October, the Foundation hosted a national conference on the topic in Philadelphia. More than 600 public health leaders attended the event, including U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D.
Someone You Know recently launched a podcast featuring in-depth conversations with the ambassadors and advocates. The podcast has been heard in more than 25 states and 5 countries to date.