Let’s Talk Stigma

March 17, 2022by PPN Marketing

Why Stigma Exists?

Why Stigma exists

The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association has partnered with Pharmacy Podcast Network to bring you a series of podcasts designed to help community pharmacists implement change and practice transformation. The Let’s Talk Stigma podcast miniseries is designed to equip community-based pharmacists to provide culturally sensitive care to individuals with opioid use disorders.

This podcast miniseries was developed by the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in collaboration with Duquesne University School of Pharmacy and paid for through CDC grant funding provided by the Allegheny County Health Department to the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University Schools of Pharmacy.


Stacie A. Brown CRS, CFRS

Overdose Prevention Outreach Coordinator

Allegheny County Health Department

Lauren Jonkman, PharmD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics

University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Kelley Kelley | Turtle Creek Borough Mayor | LEAD Community Engagement Coordinator | CONNECT (Congress of Neighboring Communities) | Square Café General Manager

Logan Kissell, PharmD | Clinical Pharmacist | The Hometown Pharmacy

JoEllen Marsh, MPA | LEAD Program Director | University of Pittsburgh

Micah J. Sobota, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, FASCP | Director, Crisis Stabilization Unit | Coleman Health Services AAH


Content/editing production by Joni Carroll, Logan Kissell, and Elizabeth Bunk

Music production by John Carroll

Podcast Episode 1 – Why Stigma Exists: In this episode of Let’s Talk Stigma, we will hear the voices of three different individuals who will share their perspectives on why they believe stigma with opioid use disorders exists and how we can begin to reflect on our own biases and recognize ways we need to change.

Podcast Episode 2 – Opioid Use Disorder is a Chronic Disease: In this episode of Let’s Talk Stigma, we will hear the voices of four different individuals who will talk about how we should recognize opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders as chronic health conditions or diseases, and not moral failings.

Podcast Episode 3 – Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Stigma:  In this episode of Let’s Talk Stigma, we focus on the voices of individuals directly impacted by the stigma associated with opioid use disorder. We talked with family members, friends, and people in long term recovery who discuss intrapersonal and interpersonal stigma associated with opioid use disorder.

Podcast Episode 4 – Naloxone and Harm Reduction Services:  In this episode of Let’s Talk Stigma, we will hear about the impact that both naloxone and harm reduction services have on the lives of individuals with opioid use disorder. We will hear from patients, practitioners, family members and those who work directly with people who use drugs.

Podcast Episode 5 – Medications for Opioid Use Disorder:  In this episode of Let’s Talk Stigma, we will hear about medications for opioid use disorder, or “MOUD,” and how patient accessibility to these medications can play a huge role in helping someone reach recovery.

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Important Links:

  1. SAMHSA’s National Helpline“SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.” https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helplineClick Here To Start The Post Test

  1. Words Matter Handout“This page offers background information and tips for providers to keep in mind while using person-first language, as well as terms to avoid to reduce stigma and negative bias when discussing addiction. Although some language that may be considered stigmatizing is commonly used within social communities of people who struggle with substance use disorder (SUD), clinicians can show leadership in how language can destigmatize the disease of addiction.” https://www.drugabuse.gov/nidamed-medical-health-professionals/health-professions-education/words-matter-terms-to-use-avoid-when-talking-about-addiction

  1. Life Unites Us Stigma Reduction Campaign“Life Unites Us is changing the conversation about opioid addiction. Powered by real stories from across Pennsylvania, we’re showing that opioid addiction impacts people from all walks of life and that it is a treatable medical condition just like heart disease, arthritis, or diabetes. Recovery is not only possible, it is probable.” https://lifeunitesus.com/

  1. Stigma, Discrimination, Treatment Effectiveness, and Policy: Public Views About Drug Addiction and Mental Illness https://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.ps.201400140

  1. Stigma in health facilities: why it matters and how we can change it https://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-019-1256-2