Language matters: Create safer space with less stigma

We encourage the use of respectful, non-stigmatizing language when describing substance use disorders, addiction and people who use drugs.

Whether it is used in a healthcare setting or in the news media, negative and stigmatizing language discredits people who use drugs and can result in discrimination. Stigmatization contributes to isolation and means people will be less likely to access services. This has a direct, detrimental impact on the health of people who use drugs.