We need new visual images.
When you watch or read news about the opioid crisis the most used visual images are needles, spoons, lighters, white power, pills and so on.
ALL of those items are triggers and add to the stigma of opioid addiction.
Call to Action: We need to come up with new non-trigger, non-stigma visual images the media can use when reporting on the opioid crisis.
Images are powerful. They can soften the heart or poison the mind.
Not too long ago racial images were standard in everything from children’s books, movies and print media. This took time to change and part of the change happened because opinion were also changing. But all of this happened because old opinion and beliefs were challenged.
We need to come up with images that we and the media can use that are not triggers and don’t add to sigma of addiction.
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