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Stigmatizing opioid use disorder and addiction is dangerous and potentially damaging. This section contains information and resources on how to combat opioid-related stigma, including resources on using non-stigmatizing language.
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.
- A guide to provide the addiction treatment and recovering community with practical information and tools to enhance their capacity to engage in effective stigma reduction efforts.
Comprehensive Resources on Stigma
Webinars on Stigma and OUD
- Watch this 4-part webcast on reducing discriminatory practices in clinical settings and earn up to 4.0 free CME/CR credits.
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- Ayana Jordan, a Providers Clinical Support System Clinical expert, discusses the need for the medical profession to reduce stigma associated with treating patients with opioid use disorder.
- In this module, participants will learn to recognize and treat shame in patients with OUD. Participants will learn about particular subsets of people with OUD who have specific concerns regarding shame, including people who inject heroin, and opioid-addicted pregnant women and mothers. Finally, treatment options that address shame in people with OUD will be outlined.
- This Q and A webinar further discussed Dr. Braun-Gabelman’s online module, “The Role of Shame in Opioid Use Disorders,” and allowed participants of the module to pose questions to Dr. Braun-Gabelman; she also presented a few cases related to this topic.
- Nurse Practitioner Vanessa Loukas, a Providers Clinical Support System Clinical expert, discusses the issue of stigma in treating patients with opioid use disorder—from the patients to the providers who treat them.
Articles and Research on Opioid-Related Stigma
- This study provides a systematic review of existing research that has empirically evaluated interventions designed to reduce stigma related to substance use disorders.
- This viewpoint addresses four factors contributing to the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder and medication-assisted treatment and discusses ways to counter this stigma.
- This article discusses the process of assessing whether opioids are the appropriate course of treatment for patients, and judging the treatment and not the patient.
- Assessing risk for opioid misuse, treatment of chronic pain and the role of shame in patients with opioid use disorders are just three of the topics covered in a collection of resources from a national training and mentoring project developed by physicians to promote the fundamental role of self-education and in curbing the opioid epidemic.
- This article outlines six guiding principles that should inform all efforts to reduce opioid-related stigma, including the use of person-centered language and using sympathetic narratives
- This article provides a roadmap of initial and comprehensive activities that governments and private organizations interested in addressing opioid-related stigma should implement.
- This presentation defines stigma, the factors that influence opioid-related stigma, and challenges and potential solutions.
- Overdose Lifeline, Inc. has videos and resources to educate yourself on shame and stigma, including an online Overdose Lifeline Learning Self-Pace Online Courses with CE credit
- This article reviews how stigma can prevent some health care providers from discussing the realities of substance abuse with adolescent patients and their families.
- This resource from the National Institute for Children’s Health Equality helps pediatric providers talk with mothers about opioid use.
- For more information on managing pain and opioid use disorder in women who are pregnant, see the Pregnant Women section of the Michigan Safer Opioid Prescribing Toolkit.