Stigma and Substance Use: Evidence and Myths

Presented at: Opioid Crisis 2020
C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
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Abstract

Breathing emergencies secondary to opioid use are the leading cause of death in Americans under the age of fifty.  Sadly, many of those who suffer from substance use disorder face a high level of stigma which negatively impacts both access to and quality of care.  Healthcare providers are primed to provide education to both patients and the public on the disease state model of substance use disorder.  This education can lead to a culture change wherein substance use disorder is viewed, as it should be, as a disease rather than a choice.  Furthermore, several misconceptions exist around the treatment of substance use disorder.  Discussing the evidence around substance use disorder treatment with patients can help reduce the negative perceptions surrounding this topic.  This presentation will review the disease state model of substance use disorder and discuss the evidence around common myths surrounding substance use disorder.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss the disease state model of substance use disorder

2. Discuss the evidence surrounding common misconceptions regarding substance use disorder


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