Northern Health Project Hopes to Eliminate Stigma
Prince George, B.C.- Northern Health has launched a project that is aimed at removing the stigma around drug use.
The project “Stop Stigma. Save Lives” comes at a time when fatal drug overdoses have increased at an alarming rate because of the presence of fentanyl. Northern Health ‘s project shares the stories and feelings of a dozen people who have either firsthand, or family experience of drug use and the stigma that goes along with it.
Northern Health says the stigma that surrounds those who suffer from addictions, can drive users ‘underground’ where they will use drugs alone where there is no one to help them should they overdose. Northern Health also indicates stigma can prevent people from seeking the help they need to break their addiction.
The videos share stories on a number of themes:
o The impact of empathy on the well-being of people who use drugs
o The persistent and harmful impact of labels
o Experiences of stigma
o The connection between stigma and overdoses
Below is one of the videos:
The videos are just one part of the Stop Stigma. Save Lives project. The other two parts have posters which feature quotes from those who participated in the project, and part three consists of the written stories from participants on the impact of substance use and stigma.
All three parts of the project are available by clicking here:
New participant stories and posters will be added to the campaign website throughout the year.