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Person-First Language Poster

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This poster was developed in collaboration with SAMHSA's Technology Transfer Centers and the Opioid Response Network to help reduce stigma around pregnant and postpartum people with substance use challenges by promoting the use of destigmatizing, person-first language. Person-first language maintains the integrity of individuals as whole human beings by removing language that has negative connotations or equates a person to their condition. This type of language can shift the way people who use substances or with substance use challenges are viewed.

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Funding for this initiative was made possible by grant no. 1H79TI083022 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.