The cast of the CBS sitcom “Mom” and the US Surgeon General are teaming up for a nationally televised public service announcement (PSA) Feb. 18 focusing on addiction.
In the PSA, actresses Allison Janney and Anna Faris and US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy will issue a warning about addiction and how addicts and their loved ones can receive help. The event was a result of a meeting on Oct. 4 between Janney and Murthy at the UNITE to Face Addiction launch concert. The two were both speakers at the concert, featuring the likes of Sheryl Crow and Steven Tyler, and Janney invited Murthy to visit the set of “Mom.”
The PSA is an apt tie-in since Janney and Faris play a mother and daughter duo both in recovery from drug abuse and alcoholism on the show.
“Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than car crashes. Today, 120 people will die from a drug overdose,” Murthy said in the 30-second spot advertising the PSA. “Behind these numbers are families who need our compassion and help.”
The PSA will air at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18.