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Petitioning National Institute on Drug Abuse Nora D. Volkow and 4 others

Get "ABUSE" Out of Our Names of US Institutions on Addiction


The words that we use matter more than we think. Stigma has been found to be a barrier to treatment-seeking among individuals with addiction. Research now shows that the commonly used terms of "abuse" & "abuser" increase stigma.

Now is the time to tell our national government agencies with these words in their titles that focus on addiction to undergo a NAME CHANGE (e.g., the National Institute on Drug ABUSE [NIDA] & the National Institute on Alcohol ABUSE and Alcoholism [NIAAA]).

Addiction is a disease, NOT character flaw, which the word abuse or abuser implies. It takes an act of congress to change a government agency name, so support is needed at all levels.

This petition is led by the Recovery Research Institute of Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital. #GetTheFacts @recoveryanswers 

This petition was delivered to:
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Nora D. Volkow
  • Senator
    Angus King
  • Senator
    Edward Markey
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    Marla Hendriksson
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
    George F. Koob

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