Tackling Stigma Associated with SUDs
Dir., Public Awareness
Health Promotion & Prevention, BHA, Maryland Dept of Health
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose
Kathleen Rebbert-Franklin, LCSW-C
Director, Service Access and Practice Innovation
Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration
In order to garner the support needed to combat the opioid crisis, it is necessary to address the stigma associated with SUDs. Educating the public as well as the health community regarding stigma, provides the opportunity to dispel myths, present facts and start conversations. In Maryland, we are bringing the conversations out of the shadows and into everyday life through a series of connected campaigns.
- Understand the importance of educating the public on the science behind SUDs.
- Identify a variety of ways to dispel common misconceptions, held by the public, regarding SUDs.
- Describe the value of public awareness campaigns aimed at normalizing the conversation about SUDs.