#MaldenStopTheStigma are four words that have had a significant impact in Malden. The opioid crisis is affecting families and communities across the state and a primary reason why individuals do not seek treatment is because of the stigma attached to addiction. On April 13, 2016, the city came together to participate in #MaldenStopTheStigma which was an event to raise awareness and show support for those suffering from the disease.
The event was part of a larger movement led by Malden Overcoming Addiction (MOA) and was a collaborative effort aimed at getting rid of the stigma and educating our community. During the day, hundreds posted a “turquoise ribbon selfie” on various social media sites while others made the “Stop the Stigma” image their Facebook profile or shared a powerful video. What was most impressive was how our youth once again steered the way on such an important issue. Students throughout the city stepped up to help spread the message. Malden High School Principal Dana Brown said it was the most powerful day he’s seen in his thirteen year career and MOA’s Chairperson Paul Hammersley stated that the event completely exceeded his expectations.
This issue knows no barriers and touches all of us. I could not be more proud of the support shown on April 13th and of our community’s united effort to shed the stigma and enact change. To see a recap of the day, please click here: Malden Stop the Stigma Recap.
Mayor, City of Malden