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The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See

This series of webcasts educated the news and entertainment media about the best terminology and language to use, as well as how to accurately portray individuals with substance use disorders.


The webcasts, produced by SAMHSA in partnership with the Entertainment Industries Council, featured discussions among behavioral health professionals, entertainment creators, and people in recovery from substance use disorders. Access the webcasts.

About the Initiative

The educational initiative highlighted the importance of using appropriate terminology and language when writing about or depicting individuals with substance use disorders, or individuals who are in recovery. This approach helped to promote a realistic presentation of the issue, free from biased and discriminatory undertones. Learn more about this initiative.

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