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Rhode Island has launched a new public awareness campaign to combat opioid abuse.

Gov. Gina Raimondo made the announcement Monday at the Brown University School of Public Health.

The campaign includes a new phone help line connecting people to treatment and recovery services between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily.

It also includes a new website, , as well as bus ads and TV and radio commercials.

The state Department of Health says the drug overdose crisis has claimed more than 1,000 lives in the past five years.

The campaign's message is that addiction is a disease and recovery is possible.

Raimondo says it's important to get rid of the stigma so people feel comfortable asking for help.

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