Tackling Stigma Associated with SUDs

Tuesday, October 22
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Coronado Springs Resort, Fiesta 6
CE: 1.5

Primary Presenter(s)

    • Margie Donohue

      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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

We are featuring a Q&A article with #aatod2022 Conference Chair, Dr. Ken Stoller, Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. This article does an excellent job summarizing issues that emerged during the conference.


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