Family Physicians Have a Better Chance Treating Substance Use Disorders

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AMA Source recently published an article noting that patients with substance use disorders may experience stigma that can interfere with treatment options. But when substance use disorders are recognized and treated as a chronic disease, that stigma can be reduced. The article goes on to note that treating patients with substance use disorders in a family medicine setting can be a unique situation because physicians are often treating other members of the patient’s family as well. At first, patients may be reluctant to discuss substance use but once the condition is out in the open, having the family involved can be beneficial. And since many primary care physicians (especially those in family medicine) know many of their patients very well and have established a long-term relationship. That can be advantageous when a patient begins to show signs of a substance use disorder. Once the physician and patient have had a...
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Opioid Epidemic Stigma Perpetuated by Social Media

Opioid Epidemic Stigma Perpetuated by Social Media
You’ve seen them. The exposure of devastating images of addiction, especially photos and videos of people overdosing or near-death, sometimes with their children nearby. In some instances, the posted or shared pictures and videos were posted by law enforcement or first responders. Questions have been raised as to why it is acceptable to post images that feature people with addiction. People are questioning whether the same situation would arise if people were found to be in medical emergency situations that involve a diabetic, or asthma. It is acceptable for a bystander to post similar images on social media too? According to Samuel A. Ball, PhD,President and CEO of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, the stigma of addiction will remain strong because some of its symptoms result in real risk or harm to others. But more of the stigma of addiction, which is also true of obesity, comes...
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