Reducing Stigma in the Opioid Epidemic – Patient and Family Resources
Stigmatizing opioid use disorder and addiction is dangerous and potentially damaging. This section contains patient and family resources on how to avoid stigmatizing people with opioid use disorders.
Understanding Opioid-Related Stigma
- This article discusses the stigma pregnant women with an opioid use disorder may feel, as well as harm-reduction strategies for both mother and child.
- A mother discusses how her high school aged son became addicted to painkillers after a sports injury. Watch the video for insights on talking to your kids about addiction and when and where to seek help.
- After coping with his brother’s addiction, one man calls for the elimination of stigma around substance dependence.
Using Non-Stigmatizing Language
- The End the Stigma Campaign from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has resources on how to change the conversation around substance use and substance use disorder.