Dr. Laura MacKinnon, a primary care physician working in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and in Northern B.C., and a research fellow with the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, put together a good article looking at the use of language in how a drug user may be treated.

She says that the way we speak to and about people who use drugs makes a difference in their outcomes because language perpetuates stigma. And the word “addict” can be highly stigmatizing for people who are struggling with substance use.

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