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Friday, November 15 • 11:10am - 11:50am
Fighting the opioid crisis by reducing stigma in the media and using media to reduce stigma

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Panel Organized by: Sarah Everts, School of Journalism & Communication, Carleton University / Université Carleton

Canada is in the midst of a grave and growing opioid crisis. Since January 2016, more than 11,500 Canadian lives have been lost due to opioid overdoses, and the death rate is still on the rise. Reducing stigma about opioid use is consistently listed as an essential component of any strategy for fighting this complex crisis, by both government agencies and organizations that advocate on behalf of people who use drugs. Panelists will discuss what journalists can do to reduce stigma in their reporting, as well as how new media and social media platforms can be used to fight opioid stigma.

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Sarah Everts

TV Chair in Digital Science Journalism, Carleton University School of Journalism and Communication
Prior to her role at Carleton, Sarah spent more than a decade in Berlin, Germany, reporting on science and technology for a variety of publications including Scientific American, New Scientist, Smithsonian, Chemical & Engineering News and others.

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Gord Garner

Executive Director, Community Addictions Peer Support Association
CAPSA’s work led by Gord has included multiple social media campaigns to reduce stigma. CAPSA also host multiple public events which include education on substance use disorders, stigma and person first language. CAPSA also collaborates nationally and internationally to raise awareness... Read More →
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Kim Hellemans

Senior Instructor & Chair of the Department of Neuroscience, Carleton University
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Garth Mullins

Drug user activist and award-winning radio documentarian
He is host and executive producer of the Crackdown Podcast where drug users cover the drug war as war correspondents. This is Garth’s second overdose crisis. He used injection heroin for over a decade and is now on methadone. He is a member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug... Read More →
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Carly Weeks

Health Reporter, Globe and Mail
Carly has spent 12 years on staff with the Globe and Mail in Toronto. In that role she has covered the opioid crisis, the antivax movement, the obesity crisis and pharmaceutical drug policy. Prior to her time at the Globe, she was based in Ottawa, as a Parliamentary reporter specializing... Read More →

Friday November 15, 2019 11:10am - 11:50am EST
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