Social Media Perpetuates Stigma Surrounding the Opioid Epidemic


“Recently, news organizations and social media channels have increased exposure of devastating images of addiction, especially photos and videos of people overdosing or near-death, sometimes with their children nearby… Community leaders and first responders have justified promotion of these horrifying images as a way to increase public awareness. They hope they will help prevent people from using opioids or encourage others to seek treatment, including the person whose medical condition is being publicized without their consent.” But “decades of research and expert opinion conclude that scare tactics do not work.”

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