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What We Talk About When We Talk About Substance Use Disorders

For far too long, outdated and stigmatizing language has dominated the way that we as a society talk about substance use disorders and people who use drugs. While they may sound harmless enough, terms like "substance abuse" and referring to urinalysis results as "clean" or "dirty" can foster negative stereotypes and hamper the ability of professionals to effectively work with their clients while also lowering the self-esteem of the person who is using drugs. However, with the Office of National Drug Control Policy releasing a new document that emphasizes the need for person-first language, could that paradigm finally be shifting?

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Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 04, 2016


Watching AIDSWatch Change Lives

I didn’t know what to expect from AIDSWatch as a participant, but as an employee I realized early in my fellowship that it involved a lot of work. As a Pedro Zamora fellow working in the office of AIDS United, I saw firsthand the preparation that went into organizing this event. I answered some of the calls from scholarship participants and I got to witness the excitement in the office as the dates of AIDSWatch slowly approached. From the time I started my fellowship in late January, staff was already working diligently to plan fine details. So when the time finally arrived, I was hopeful that this event would be as successful as anticipated.

Posted By: Bernadette Carriere, Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellow, AIDS United - Friday, May 09, 2014

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