Despite recognition of addiction as a health condition, terminology used in both layperson and scientific publications is often inaccurate and stigmatizing. National and international efforts are now afoot to encourage the use of terminology that can improve accuracy, reduce stigma, and even improve care. Dr. Richard Saitz from the Boston University School of Public Health will discuss the rationale for terms that should and should not be preferred.
Health Communication | Health Services Administration | Information Literacy | Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health Education and Promotion | Substance Abuse and Addiction
addiction, terminology, stigma, opioid epidemic, substance use disorder
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Saitz, Richard, "Misperceptions and the Misused Language of Addiction: Words Matter" (2017). National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region (NN/LM NER) Repository. 48.
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