Goal 3: Good Health & Well-being

Ben French

How Might We

... break down stigmas associated with substance abuse?



I chose to look at the topic of health and wellbeing in regard to stigmas associated with substance abuse. Assumptions, stereotypes, and misinformation have led to the current prevalence of stigmas in North America regarding those who have substance abuse problems. With the current predominance of opioid painkillers and the fentanyl crisis, many Canadians are affected by these substances and the difficulties associated with substance abuse.

Removing stigmas may be possible through better communication and increased empathy for those struggling with substance abuse and their communities. By tackling misinformation and raising awareness, more people will have a greater understanding of this medical issue and why stigmatizing those suffering does not help anyone involved in this issue.