Reducing Stigma Surrounding Substance Use Disorders: Creating a Community-based Anti-Stigma Initiative

Reducing the stigma surrounding substance use disorders requires changing people’s attitudes and behaviors, a challenging task many state and local government and community organizations have undertaken. In this collection, we provide guidance on creating your own community anti-stigma campaigns and examples of programs currently in operation across the country. This collection includes: A 2016 report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine that reviews the evidence for effective strategies for stigma reduction and provide recommendations for creating successful anti-stigma campaigns A tool-kit for creating an anti-stigma campaign from the Central East Addiction Technology and Transfer Center and the Danya Institute A link to the Distorted Perceptions website that includes educational information and materials individuals and organizations can use in creating anti-stigma campaigns A link to the website of the Northeastern University School of Law’s Changing the Narrative project that works to reduce stigma in media representations, provides evidence-based information to counter common myths about drug use and addiction, and connects people with experts willing to speak on anti-stigma topics Reports about and links to websites for community based anti-stigma initiatives that may serve as a model including: Recovery Reinvented, an initiative led by First Lady of North Dakota…
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Arizona Rethink Rx Abuse Public Health Campaign

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family created a toolkit for communities to launch a public health information campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse. The toolkit includes targeted educational materials and information about implementing harm reduction and safe medication disposal programs as well as information for patients, caregivers, and parents to help them better understand the risks of prescription medications and how to reduce those risks.

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Policymakers & Community Leaders

Spirit of Harm Reduction: A Toolkit for Communities of Faith Facing Overdose

Source: National Harm Reduction Coalition

The Faith in Harm Reduction online toolkit is a national collection of faith and community leaders who work together to address stigma against people who use drugs and advance liberation, health, and wholeness for communities impacted by overdose, trauma, stigma of substance use, and radicalized drug policy.

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Policymakers & Community Leaders
Payers & Providers

4 Tips to Successfully Open a Crisis Stabilization Unit

Source: Justice Center at the Council of State Governments

This web page from the Council of State Governments contains suggestions for successfully opening a crisis stabilization unit. The tips include understanding system gaps, harnessing collaboration and leadership buy-in, articulating goals for the center, and considering a phased funding approach.

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Policymakers & Community Leaders
Patients & Caregivers

Recovery Community Organization Toolkit

Source: Faces and Voices of Recovery

This toolkit discusses core principles and strategies for creating a recovery community organization, as well as providing examples of the development of existing recovery community organizations.

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Policymakers & Community Leaders

Opioids Uncharted Initiative

Source: RAND Corporation

The website for RAND Corporation’s Opioids Uncharted initiative compiles RAND’s research on all aspects of the opioid crisis with an emphasis on understanding the multifaceted complexity of the issue. The website includes links to reports, commentaries, blog posts, and multimedia resources.

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Policymakers & Community Leaders
Payers & Providers
Patients & Caregivers

The Opioid Crisis and Connecticut’s Workforce: Updating Your Approach to Employees Suffering from Addiction Can Preserve Your Greatest Resource

Source: State of Connecticut

The Connecticut Department of Public Health convened stakeholders over 2 years to discuss the impact that substance use has on the workforce and workplace and develop recommendations for human resource best practices around substance use disorder (SUD).

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Policymakers & Community Leaders

Rural Communities in Crisis: A Critical Count to Save Lives During the Opioid Epidemic

Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

This interactive website includes information about a study conducted in Cabell County, West Virginia to estimate the number of people in the community who inject drugs in order to determine what services needed to be provided. The website includes a toolkit to help stakeholders apply the methodology and findings in their communities and

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Policymakers & Community Leaders

Aligning City, County and State Resources to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Source: National League of Cities

This report draws on knowledge gained from the Mayors’ Institute on Opioids which focused on assisting 6 communities in addressing their opioid related issues. This report describes the findings from this project, including emphasizing the need for cross-sector partnerships and integration, a focus on equity and reducing stigma, and innovative ways to use data to focus cross-agency partnerships.

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Two-year Strategic Plan for Addressing the Opioid Crisis in the City of Huntington/Cabell and Wayne Counties, West Virginia

Source: Huntington, West Virginia Mayor's Office of Drug Control Policy

A 2017 strategic plan for addressing the opioid crisis in the City of Huntington, West Virginia designed by key stakeholders and the Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy. The plan highlights the need to coordinate efforts and proposes a focus on three key areas: prevention, treatment and recovery, and law enforcement.

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