Stop Stigma Now wants to eradicate the stigma around medically assisted treatment of opioid addiction. We want everyone taking methadone, Buphenorphine (or similar medications) and their family members to feel proud of what they have accomplished in finding the strength and courage to overcome an addiction to opiates.

SSN_exhibitStop Stigma Now exists to inform the general public, the court systems, and the medical, nursing and counseling professions about the overwhelming scientific evidence supporting methadone maintenance treatment for opiate addiction. Ultimately, we want to stop the stigma and prejudice directed at both the treatment and the patients. We are happy to have you as an ally in this life-saving work!

We at Stop Stigma Now have seen firsthand how methadone, Buphenorphine, Suboxone, and other medications save lives and reduce suffering. Every day, we aggressively and publicly confront unfounded, erroneous information regarding medically assisted addiction treatment whenever it appears in newspapers, magazines or professional journals.

Stopping heroin and opioid prescription medication abuse is only the first step. There remains a life to rebuild, a home to establish, children to raise and medical problems to deal with. Most of all, we hope for each person in treatment to experience a renewed sense of self-respect. To this end we will aggressively and publicly confront unfounded, erroneous information regarding medically assisted addiction treatment whenever it appears in newspapers, magazines or professional journals. We inform the general public, the court systems, and the medical, nursing and counseling professions about the overwhelming scientific evidence supporting methadone maintenance treatment for opiate addiction. Ultimately, we want to stop the stigma and prejudice directed at both the treatment and the patients.

There is a stigma in the community perpetuated by a misinformed public as well as misinformed professionals in the fields of medicine and nursing. This stigma directly impacts anyone taking methadone and other medications used to treat opioid addiction. Today over a million people in this country are suffering from an addiction to opiates. The fortunate ones are those who have sought treatment — they take a single dose of medication each day to be free of opiate addiction.

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Stop Stigma Now is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.