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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2017 Sep;38(9):712-716. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2017.1335362. Epub 2017 Jun 29.

General Beliefs and Stigma Regarding Illicit Drug Use: Perspectives of Family Members and Significant Others of Drug Users in an Inner City in Brazil.

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a College of Nursing , University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto , Ribeirao Preto , Brazil.
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b Office of Transformative Global Health , Centre for Addiction and Mental Health , Toronto , Ontario , Canada.
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c College of Nursing , University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto , Ribeirao Preto , Brazil.
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d Office of Transformative Global Health , Centre for Addiction and Mental Health , Toronto , Canada.
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e College of Nursing , University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto , Ribeirao Preto , Brazil.

Abstract

People who use drugs are continuously subjected to harsh stigmatization through a process of relational and social degradation, which limits their possibility for recovery. This quantitative study explores the perspectives of family members or significant others of illicit drug users, regarding general beliefs about illicit drug use and their stigma. Respondents agree that most people do not trust people who use drugs, disregard individuals who have been hospitalized due to drug problems and do not think people who use drugs are as intelligent as the general population. These findings reveal a high level of public stigma regarding illicit drug use.

PMID:
28662340
DOI:
10.1080/01612840.2017.1335362
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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