Reducing Stigma

Stigma and Language

Stigmatizing language contributes to shame, isolation and risk taking. Reframing language when talking about people who use drugs is key to reducing stigma, increasing trust in healthcare services and saving lives.

Use the Glossary to understand key terms about opioid overdose prevention and response. Read about Respectful Language and Stigma and learn more about how using “person-first” language can reduce stigma.  

Combatting Stigma across B.C.

Health authorities around the province are working to reduce stigma and helping to prevent overdoses by highlighting stories about the impact of negative stereotypes.