...you can change the conversation and end stigma.
Change the Language. Change Lives.
Substance use disorders are not character defects but a chronic disease of the brain. Stigma is a form of rejection – and when people experience it while dealing with substance use disorders, they are less likely to seek help.
Choosing stigma-reducing language to talk about addiction benefits everyone – the medical community, lawmakers, the public, and most important – people seeking treatment.
Educate Yourself. Educate Others. End Stigma.
Michigan statistics on substance misuse:
2,591 people died from fatal overdoses in 2018 in Michigan – more than firearms and traffic accidents combined 1
In 2018, 78% of drug overdose deaths in Michigan involved at least one opioid 2
The rate of drug-related deaths in Michigan exceeds the national average 3
60% of Michigan adults have used alcohol in the past month 4
12% of Michigan youth partake in binge drinking 5
Between 2012 and 2017, more than 103 million opioid prescriptions were filled in Michigan 6
This campaign is made possible by: Arenac County Drug and Alcohol Containment Taskforce Bay County Prevention Network Huron County Recovery and Prevention Roundtable Isabella Substance Awareness Coalition Mecosta Osceola Substance Awareness Coalition Midland County Treatment and Recovery Coalition Saginaw County Prevention Coalition Tuscola Prevention and Recovery Coalition