To Address Addiction, Start With Words

April 21, 2015 7:25 PM

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Addiction is finally coming out of its shadows. Thanks to interest from political leaders and media coverage about the ravages of heroin and misused prescription opioids, new attention is being paid to an old disease. But not since the 1980s with the appearance of HIV and AIDS has there been such misunderstanding about a medical condition.

When HIV first emerged, many feared the possibility of casual transmission, leading to unwarranted discrimination and stigma. The fear and misconceptions around HIV quieted after intense research, advocacy, and funding identified the HIV virus, clarified its transmission, and led to the development ...

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