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Stigma of Drug Abuse

“There is no easy solution to the problem of stigma associated with drug addiction and its treatment…”
—Institute of Medicine

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It is because of stigma that:

  • Some people don’t get treatment.
  • Some doctors won’t treat addicts.
  • Some pharmaceutical companies won’t work toward developing new treatments for addicts.

“…The sense of stigma is most likely to diminish as a result of public education and broader acceptance of addiction as a treatable disease.”
—Institute of Medicine