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'We're not alone' - 'Sesame Street' tackles addiction crisis

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Posted at 7:01 AM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 07:01:30-04

NEW YORK (AP) — "Sesame Street" is taking a new step to try to help kids navigate life in America - it's tackling the opioid crisis.

Sesame Workshop is exploring the backstory of Karli, a bright green, yellow-haired friend of Elmo's whose mother is battling addiction. The initiative is part of the Sesame Street in Communities resources available online.

Karli had already been introduced as a puppet in foster care earlier this year, but viewers now will understand why her mother had to go away for a while.

Children's therapist Jerry Moe, the national director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Children's Program, helped craft the segments and resources, saying he was grateful to help since there's been a small number of resources for the preschool age-group.