Post Content

Jackie and Erin

“Hi, I’m Jackie Bradley, Jr. of the Boston Red Sox, and this is my wife Erin,” begins the Gold Glove All-Star center-fielder.

“The stigma of drug addiction can keep people from seeking the treatment they need,” continues Erin.

“That’s why WE SUPPORT a state without stigma,” they voice the message together.

Jackie, Erin, and a small production crew gathered in the grandstand at Fenway Park during a rainy Tuesday in June to record this short public service announcement for DPH.  It’s part of the #StateWithoutStigMA campaign, aimed at reducing the stigma of addiction

The two were gracious and friendly, with Jackie shaking hands all around.

And they weren’t alone.

Alex Cora

Next up was Red Sox manager Alex Cora who joined the production crew to film the same PSA in Spanish, saying loud and clear: “Apoyo un estado sin estigma” or “I support a state without stigma.”

Then he was off to manage another win at Fenway and then prepare to travel overseas to London with the Sox to play the New York Yankees in two games at London Stadium — marking the first time Major League Baseball has played in Europe.

As busy as they were, both player and manager made the effort to reach out and embrace a community that needs help and support.

According to a recent poll, nearly one in four Americans knows someone with an opioid use disorder.

Addiction is a disease similar to diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. But stigma perpetuates negative attitudes and images around the disease of addiction. Labels such as “junkie” or “addict” can further damage someone’s self-image and stand in the way of his or her recovery.

That’s why DPH first launched our #StateWithoutStigMAcampaign to encourage people from across the Commonwealth to pledge their support for people with addictions, and encourage them to seek help by calling the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline at (800) 327-5050.

Look for the PSAs on social media in the days to come, and be sure to help spread the word by sharing it on your own networks. Join us as we make Massachusetts a #StateWithoutStigMA.

Written By:


Communications Director at the Department of Public Health

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Recent Posts

Highlights of the June 10 Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jun 10

The June monthly meeting featured an update from the Commissioner and a vote by Council members on a set of final proposed regulations. With today’s release of the latest DPH quarterly opioid overdose data, Commissioner Monica Bharel provided an overview for Council members. Next, the Council   …Continue Reading Highlights of the June 10 Public Health Council Meeting

Health Disparities Close to Home: an Op-Ed by Commissioner Monica Bharel posted on Jun 9

Health Disparities Close to Home: an Op-Ed by Commissioner Monica Bharel

Reprinted with permission from the Harvard Crimson, May 27, 2020. Here in Massachusetts, we are fortunate to have top university researchers, some of the finest medical schools and teaching hospitals in the world, and a robust state system of public health. But even a state   …Continue Reading Health Disparities Close to Home: an Op-Ed by Commissioner Monica Bharel

Highlights of the May 20 Public Health Council Meeting posted on May 20

The May monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured an update from DPH leadership on the status of proposed amendments to regulations in the area of 105 CMR 665.000: Minimum Standards for Retail Sale of Tobacco and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems. Following a discussion, the Council voted   …Continue Reading Highlights of the May 20 Public Health Council Meeting