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'Sesame Street' addresses addiction epidemic: 'We're not alone'
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Sesame Street is addressing the addiction crisis – introducing a character's new storyline as a way to talk to children about the opioid epidemic that claims more than 130 lives every day across the nation.
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The long-running educational children’s show has re-introduced the world to Karli, Elmo’s bright-green, purple-nosed puppet friend who previously told viewers about her experience living in foster care. They will now have a better idea of why Karli's mom was unable to take care of her.
Karli’s latest screen-time storyline details how she has been affected by opioid addiction as part of the Sesame Street in Communities resources available online.
"Hi, it's me, Karli. I'm here with my friend Salia. Both of our parents have had the same problem — addiction," Karli, who is handled by puppeteer Hale Jenkins, told the camera.