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September 2020

Words Matter: A Conversation about Stigma, Substance Use, and COVID-19

September 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Rhode Island continues to face an overdose crisis. All across the country and in our state, rates of drug overdose are increasing, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 300 Rhode Islanders lost their lives to an overdose in 2019. In the context of the larger addiction crisis, the widespread use of dated and stigmatizing language when reporting on substance use is a genuine public health concern. Journalists, anchors, radio talk show hosts, bloggers, and other media figures play an…

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