In-depth interviews with patients with substance use disorder reveal the toll taken by stigma on patients’ experience in the healthcare system, according to a new study. The study included 48 individuals across Ontario, Canada, who were taking opioids for chronic pain (n=28) or other reasons (n=31). The authors identified 3 themes in the responses they received.
The full text of the study is available HERE.
Reference: Antoniou T, Ala-Leppilampi K, Shearer D, et al. “Like being put on an ice floe and shoved away”: A qualitative study of the impacts of opioid-related policy changes on people who take opioids. Int J DrugPolicy. 2019 Apr;66:15-22. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.01.015. Epub 2019 Jan 24.