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How the Words We Use Can Create, or Avoid, Stigma for the Person with Substance Use Disorder

“Language matters,” says Shawn Ryan, MD, chief medical officer at BrightView Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. “We know that patients can suffer under the stigma of inappropriate language” when referring to their use of opioids and other drugs. By changing that language, Dr. Ryan says, healthcare practitioners can deliver more compassionate…

May 28, 2019
 
 

AMA President Highlights Reduction in Stigma to Help End Opioid Crisis

Reducing stigma is a key part of fighting the opioid crisis, according to Patrice Harris, MD, President of the American Medical Association and Chair of the AMA’s Opioid Task Force.

“We must all confront the intangible and often devastating effects of stigma,” she said. “The key to…

May 21, 2019