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Article free to download – Using neutral, precise and respectful terminology around psychoactive substances

06 November 2017

An article: 'Access to treatment with controlled medicines rationale and recommendations for neutral, precise, and respectful language' has been published in the journal 'Public Health' and is free to download until December this year.

The article argues that wording about substance use disorder and psychoactive substances including opioid medications, should be appropriate and non-stigmatising. 

According to the article authors, using inappropriate terms can create bias and impact negatively on public health policies. 

The authors go on to suggest that the use of appropriate language would increase the chances for rational policies around these substances, and improve the quality of treatment received by patients. 

You can read and download the article online here: Access to treatment with controlled medicines rationale and recommendations for neutral, precise, and respectful language.

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