Countering Opioid Stigma: Communicating Messages to Influence Public Perception

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Part 1: Saturday, October 29, 2016
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Part 2: Sunday, October 30, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Lynne Howell Wiklander, BGS, ECG, Inc, Englewood, NJ

Opioid Treatment Programs and patients have historically been the target of negative public opinion and adverse media coverage. This has affected our ability to effectively influence national drug policy, explain the science of opioid addiction and treatment, gain the funding necessary to provide quality treatment to all who require it, and ultimately operate in the best interests of our patients and communities.

This session teaches three key messages specifically designed to counter the stigma and stereotypes deeply embedded in the perception of opioid addiction and medication assisted treatment. These messages resulted from a year-long pilot project, “Communicating Messages that Achieve Results.” Participants will hear these messages and learn how to communicate them in order to create a positive impact within their communities. This session will include Q & A techniques designed to deal with emotional audiences while reinforcing the presentation objectives.

 

 

For session effectiveness, participation is limited to the first 50 attendees who arrive for the session.

Sponsored by the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc. (AATOD)

Supported by VistaPharm, Inc.

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