Most people learn about addiction through the media, but these stories aren’t always telling the whole picture…

Stigma is often unintentionally perpetuated by the media. Instead of discussing evidence-based harm reduction, treatment, and recovery we are often left with outdated tropes and language + images that drives people away from care.

We partnered with 100 Days in Appalachia, a non-profit newsroom committed to improving reporting about and in the Appalachian region, to help journalists better inform their communities and create ethical reporting. To accomplish this, we providing training and technical assistance to the media through our non-profit, Reporting on Addiction.

Reporting on Addiction was created using a stakeholder informed approach that relies on experts through experience, experts through training, and media members to develop evidence-based ethical guidelines for journalists and journalism students to help improve reporting.

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