NNLM New England Webinar Series, Part 1 - Misperceptions and the Misused Language of Addiction: Words Matter
Misperceptions and the Misused Language of Addiction: Words Matter is the first in the Substance Use Disorder Webinar Series, presented by the National Network of Library of Medicine New England Region.
Despite recognition of addiction as a health condition, terminology used in both layperson and scientific publications is often inaccurate and stigmatizing. National and international efforts are now afoot to encourage the use of terminology that can improve accuracy, reduce stigma, and even improve care. Dr. Richard Saitz from the Boston University School of Public Health will discuss the rationale for terms that should and should not be preferred.