Northern Health aims to destigmatize drug addiction – Prince George Citizen

April 4, 2017

See a person for who they are, not what drugs they use.

Listen while withholding judgment.

Avoid using labels.

This is some of the advice offered on Northern Health’s website as part of its new initiative “Stop stigma. Save lives.”

Frontline staff at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. in Prince George have some work to do to meet that standard, however, according to one local woman.

Moe, a woman who refers to herself as a working girl who has a drug addiction, describes her encounters at the hospital as judgmental and prejudicial.

She said she wouldn’t go to the hospital now even if she was on her deathbed.

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