Stop the Stigma is rooted in evidence.
“They see us as worthless. People don’t understand. Movies reinforce stereotypes and the media treats people who use drugs as a collective not as individuals. They don’t understand what it’s like to live this life.”
We consulted with people who use drugs through a series of focus groups set up by six community based Drug Rehab Projects (DRPs).
We drew on the findings of a Red C poll, commissioned by Citywide in 2016, to assess public attitudes towards drug use and people who use drugs.
We looked to the summary of research evidence and expert findings of the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) stigma research “Sinning and Sinned Against: The Stigmatisation of Problem Drug Users (2010).
And we took into account the key learning from the Doctoral thesis of Laura O’Reilly “Stigma and Identity: an exploration of drug use in West Dublin, Trinity College Dublin 2014. This study involved 33 research participants who had a current or former history of drug use.
All of this evidence is brought together in our Campaign Position Paper
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