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Alum Ana Bess Moyer Bell Founds COAAST to Address Opioid Epidemic

Ana Bess Moyer Bell, Drama Therapy Program class of 2016, founded the non-profit organization COAAST to alleviate the devastation caused by the opioid epidemic in her hometown of South Kingstown, Rhode Island. COAAST's mission is to eradicate the opioid epidemic through arts-based, educational, therapeutic, and community-driven approaches.
Recently Moyer Bell received a large grant from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), via the Rhode Island Department of Health, to address the epidemic at the state level. This grant will aid COAAST in providing thousands of Rhode Islanders with prevention education and therapeutic interventions through drama therapy events, and Moyer Bell will also be co-creating educational videos with the state for primary care doctors and patients. The kick-off event will be a state-wide free performance at The Vet's Auditorium in Providence on January 15, 2018. This event will showcase local presenters, vignettes from Moyer Bell's original play, Four Legs to Stand On, and prevention and recovery resources from around the state.