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Matthew Perry visiting USF for lecture on drug addiction

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We all seek advice from our pals sometimes, but here’s an opportunity to get some guidance from a real-life friend.

Matthew Perry, best known for playing “Chandler Bing” on the long-running NBC sitcom “Friends,” will speak at the University of South Florida University Lecture Series on April 8 at 8 p.m.

Perry will discuss the benefits of sobriety and share the intimate details of his personal struggle with addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol, a USF news release said.

University Lecture Series talks are free and open to the public and take place at the Tampa campus’ Marshall Student Center ballroom. Other speakers this year at the student-run series have included “CSI” actor Hill Harper and “The Notebook” author Nicholas Sparks.

Perry most recently played a sports talk radio host on the NBC series “Go On.” In addition to acting, he is an active advocate for drug policy reform, the news release said.

In 2013 Perry was honored with the Champion of Recovery award from the Office of Nation Drug Control Policy for his work with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He also founded The Perry House, a sober living home for men, based in his former residence, where he serves as a staff member.

More information about the University Lecture Series is at uls.usf.edu.

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