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Stories of Stigma: Anthony’s Story

Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

This 1 minute video tells the story of Anthony who resisted seeking treatment for his opioid addiction because of the stigma he encountered from people who considered him just a “junkie” or “drug fiend.”

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Stories of Stigma: Stephanie’s Story

Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

This 1 minute video tells Stephanie’s story of the stigma she encountered due to her opioid addiction and how it discouraged her from seeking health care or treatment.

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Stories of Stigma: Cotto’s Story

Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

This 1 minute video tells the story of Cotto who achieved recovery from his 25-year opioid addiction. Cotto talks about how the stigma he experienced while using prevented him from believing in himself and his ability to recover.

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Stories of Stigma: Cotto’s Story – Spanish

Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

This 1 minute Spanish language video tells the story of Cotto who achieved recovery from his 25-year opioid addiction. Cotto talks about how the stigma he experienced while using prevented him from believing in himself and his ability to recover.

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#StateWithoutStigMA Television Ad

Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

This 30 second public service advertisement describes the importance of rethinking attitudes and actions towards individuals with addiction to encourage their ability to achieve recovery. The ad features people speaking in a cafe and emphasizes the message that addiction is a brain disease and can be treated like other chronic health conditions.

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Stories of Stigma: Mike’s Story

Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

This 1 minute video tells the story of Mike who speaks about how the shame of his opioid addiction led him to distance himself from his family and avoid treatment.

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Reversing the Stigma of Opioid Addiction

Source: NBC Left Field

A 10 minute video with the purpose of educating people about opioid addiction and medication assisted treatment (MAT) with a focus on reducing stigma around the disease. Two physicians in Portland, Oregon are featured along with a young woman who successfully treated her opioid use disorder (OUD) with MAT and coordinated services through Project Nurture.

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Distorted Perceptions

Source: On Our Own of Maryland, Inc. and The Anti-Stigma Project

Distorted Perceptions is a public education campaign to counter stigma experienced by individuals with mental health or substance use disorder conditions.

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Ending Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders

Source: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

This 2016 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine describes the history of stigma around mental health and substance use disorders, explains how stigma hinders the ability to treat these conditions, and provides recommendations for government strategies to reduce stigma. Other chapters describes

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Words Matter: Judicial Language and Substance Use Disorders

Source: National Judicial Opioid Task Force

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

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