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Stop Stigma, Save Lives.

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!

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