A briefing paper by the National Judicial Opioid Task Force describing how judicial personnel can reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorder and improve engagement in and success with treatment by making conscious choices about the language used. A list of commonly used stigmatizing words and phrases are presented along with alternative, non-stigmatizing language.
Funding Source: National Judicial Opioid Task Force
Words Matter: Judicial Language and Substance Use Disorders
A guide to reducing stigma associated with substance use disorder by making conscious language choices