Stigma makes it harder for people who use drugs to find a job, a home, good health care, and supportive friendships.
Stigma is a major cause of discrimination and is linked to overdose risk and negative health outcomes.
We all have a role to play to challenge stigma.
See a person for who they are, not what drugs they use.
- Have the courage to speak up when you hear stigmatizing language or see someone being mistreated because of their drug use.
- Be mindful of your words, use positive language, and avoid labels.
- Learn what phrases create stigma and use language that describes a person first.
- Learn about addiction, drug use, and vulnerable populations.
- Replace negative assumptions with evidence-based facts.
- Treat every human being with dignity and respect.
- Offer compassion and support while withholding judgment.
- Display kindness to people in vulnerable situations.
Make a pledge to stop stigma in your community!
Learn more at northernhealth.ca/stigma