‘Addiction and the media: Stigmatizing language and best practices’ virtual meeting to be held May 17, registration required

The HEALing Communities Study Learning Collaborative at the University of Kentucky is offering a virtual session titled “Addiction and the media: Stigmatizing language and best practices” at 11 a.m. ET May 17.

The event is open to journalists, journalism students, community members, health-care professionals and interested coalition members, but requires registration. Click here to register.

The featured speaker will be Carol Krause, senior advisor consultant to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institutes of Health.

Following her presentation, there will be a roundtable discussion with Terry DeMio, opioid-epidemic reporter with the Cincinnati Enquirer; Brittany Hurley, peer support specialist with Ramey Estep Regroup; and Alene Kennedy-Hendricks, assistant professor with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

The panelists will discuss best practices in reporting on addiction and the media’s response to reducing stigma.

One continuing education credit will be offered for registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, physicians, social workers and licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselors who attend.

The HEALing (Helping End Addiction Long Term) Communities Study is a four-year, $87 million study to see how tools for preventing and treating opioid misuse and opioid-use disorder are most effective locally.
Findings from the study will establish best practices for integrating prevention and treatment strategies that can be replicated by communities nationwide. The goal of the study is to reduce opioid-related overdose deaths by 40 percent. Kentucky is one of four states chosen for the study.
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