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Sesame Street Introduces New Character To Help Kids Understand Opioid Crisis | NBC Nightly News

The long-running kids TV show has a tradition of tackling social issues in a way that helps kids understand the world around them. Karli is a new character featured in “Sesame Street in Communities” – supplemental content that is free to providers, parents and caregivers – and is designed for kids who are often the unseen victims of addiction.
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Sesame Street Introduces New Character To Help Kids Understand Opioid Crisis | NBC Nightly News


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  1. Stop with the hysteria, and stop making it so difficult to get pain relief. Makes it harder for me and other legitimate patients that don't abuse medications to keep getting their pain meds. Not my fault people decided to try heiroin or other drugs or try to take more than prescribed.

  2. How sad that almost all these comments go right to attacking addicts…the intention is to help the children understand! And unless you have a better idea???

  3. This make me do sad. Kids should be and not have to deal with grown up problems. I know that is not reality.

  4. If you are a drug addict with kids you should have stigma and shame. That's called accountability and socially unacceptable behavior. Are addicts the next protected class? Watch, it's coming…….

  5. At least it's not a transgender doll could you guys all imagine a transgender puppet well I used to be a puppet where you slide your hand in the front but then I got a reassignment surgery now you put your hand in my butt

  6. Can we get one to represent the stoners

  7. So is Elmo gonna have her give him a hand job for a few pills for her mommy after they cut to commercial break?

  8. Wow… some of these comments.

    It is blind judgment & outrage like this towards addiction that an innocent child who’s parent or caregiver may be grappling with addiction (a person they love) can take into their heart ❤️ & make them feel MORE alone & afraid of the world. Worse, a child caught in the middle of something like this with an external world that is constantly judging them or the people that they love… may find this world is too painful to try to live in …. thus either repeating the cycle of addiction or actually committing suicide.

    If you don’t like what the world 🌎 looks like… be part of changing it. Addiction isn’t going anywhere. In fact, It will likely continue to escalate. The majority of the world is now “living in” or surviving in low levels of chronic despair.
    #mentalhealth #addiction #newconversationsareamust

  9. "Takes away the judgment and the stigma". That'll make addiction a much more fashionable thing to sell kids. Just like the lgbtqphabet!

  10. Is the trash can puppet going to have his feces sandwich yet?

  11. Social engineering sure is evil .

  12. they need to start a anti piercing/- anti tattoo movement, it has really gotten out of hand, it is like you all are a bunch of copy-cats and most of those piercings look like a escaped nose booger stuck to your face randomly , depending on the lighting and angle of the dangle, once you get a glimpse of that snot -bomb looking shadow it cannot be unseen,    has anyone seen their daughter walking down the aisle to get married with armloads of tattoos?         it is just fricken weird looking, they should just get married somewhere , but not in church, we parents slacked off on teaching our kids about God, now look at what our society is turning into, I think this probably started in the roaring 20's with a few revivals in-between, look at the absurdities of the political left that are fruiting like a constantly creeping fungus that goes unnoticed till it is making you sick.

  13. I wonder in 10 years will Sesame Street have a Muppet with two syringes sticking out of it's arms.

  14. Annie the addict? Darla drugpusher? Oh wait,,,, Melissa Methhead.

  15. where's da crack baby muppet?

  16. Here's a novel idea: Why don't we introduce new characters that allow a CHILD TO BE A CHILD without introducing all this stuff into their innocent lives!

  17. Most kids don't know these problems exist and it keeps them happy. Now they will be forced to take grown up problems ( which they can do nothing about) into consideration. Kids shouldn't be forced into stressful situations like school and work! Let them be care free and learn about life at their own pace

  18. Because teaching kids about junkies is exactly what this country needs.

    Addicts should be given one way helicopter rides

  19. When we were kids only thing we know is reading books and playing in street with friends.

  20. As a former social worker of 10 years, now writer, this is a pretty good way to reach kids struggling to understand the issue. It's not perfect, but it's better than doing nothing.


  22. There but happy unless they're intoxicating everyone into this dysfunction

  23. This is to help children facing the confusion and heartbreak of having someone they love having an addiction problem. My son has one. He is clean now but it definitely affected his son who is also autistic. I think it's a wonderful way to help these kids cope and know they are not alone

  24. Good old child propaganda

  25. Stop pumping out opioids across America drug dependency in this country is ridiculous

  26. According to the mainstream media our biggest problem in America is not the opioid crisis that's killing thousands of people every year it's orange man bad.

  27. This truly saddens me. Not the character per se, but more so on the reason why they introduced the puppet. This is why there's no such thing as left and right. If there was, we wouldn't have a prescription drug problem. Big pharma and the "government" are in the same bed. Wake up, the world is lying to you. Everything you see on television is programming…including the "news." The left right paradigm is to keep you distracted. It's all a distraction. And nothing is ever going to improve unless you wake up and and turn to the Father.

  28. Their Kids ! Let them play without screwing their heads up at this age .

  29. Does Oscar the Grouch smoke crack now too?

  30. Today's letter is "B" as in Big Pharma!

  31. At least it's not trying to understand toxic masculinity or transgenderism.

  32. Disgusting and disturbing

  33. What about the black kids parents that was on crack in the 90's …foh

  34. Brought to you by the letter G funk

  35. When's da sharia mooslum character cummin' out?

  36. Everyone has an addiction. Positive or negative. You have one.

  37. Teach your kids 101 even if you have to stay up that extra hour after work. That will carry on with them forever.

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