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Reducing stigma and discrimination associated with substance use - brief literature scan

Stigma is essentially any attitude, belief or behaviour that discriminates against people. It is a fundamental cause of health inequities and is especially prevalent for people who use substances and experience problematic substance use. This literature scan was undertaken to develop a better understanding of the extent and impact of stigma and discrimination in relation to substance use and problematic substance use, including alcohol use. The findings cover the prevalence, factors contibuting to, and the impact of stigma and discrimination. It also outlines the key national and international policies, documents and initiatives on stigma and discrimination and explores workforce development options to challenge and reduce stigma and discrimination.

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