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Words Matter in Writing About Opioids

Changing the Language and Coverage of Addiction

The role the media plays in perception of addiction
Mon, Apr 23, 2018 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM PDT
This webinar will discuss the role the media plays in perception of addiction and the need for the media accurately and fairly cover addiction through language, point of view and style. It will cover the shame and stigma that surrounds addiction, that keeps far too many from seeking the treatment they need. Additionally the webinar will discuss the recent changes made to the AP Style Book about the word “addict” and other stigmatizing words.


  • Michael Botticelli, Former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Sarah E. Wakeman, MD, FASAM, Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Initiative
  • Jeff McMillan, Eastern US Enterprise Editor for The Associated Press and AP Stylebook Committee Member

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