Massachusetts Medical Society: MMS and the City of Worcester team up on stigma-busting campaign

MMS and the City of Worcester team up on stigma-busting campaign

MMS President Dr. Alain A. Chaoui joined Dr. Mattie Castiel, Commissioner of Health and Human Services for the City of Worcester, to film a short PSA that validated the fact that opioid use disorder is a disease, attempts to debunk stigma, inform residents about where they can turn for help,  and an action request that calls on those who suffer from opioid use disorder to have a conversation with a health care provider about medication-assisted treatment, its effectiveness and availability.   

This initiative stems from a meeting at MMS Headquarters two months back that was attended by Dr. Castiel, among others, during which stakeholders discussed the need to increase the use of and prescribers of MAT as we continue to stare down the opioid epidemic.  Importantly, we include at the end of the video contact information for agencies in the city at which residents can seek medical guidance in tackling opioid use disorder. 

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