Language Matters: How “overdose” excludes

Over the last month, Wake the Nation began posting about our Holiday Memorial for those who passed from "overdose". In posting, the flyers were shared on various Facebook groups related to substance use disorder. It was on one of these pages, a family member of someone who had passed away from alcohol use disorder asked … Continue reading Language Matters: How “overdose” excludes

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Language Matters: What to say and what to avoid.

Language is an important part of reducing stigma and ultimately,  reducing harm. Despite it being one of our earliest childhood lessons, language is hard to master. Mostly, because its constantly evolving. That said, we want to provide you with a helpful little reference guide to the language surrounding substance use disorder and overdose accidental drug poisoning. … Continue reading Language Matters: What to say and what to avoid.

Why do we keep talking about Language and Stigma?

Our efforts to change the language used to discuss substance use disorder are just as evident as our dedication to ending overdose. Perhaps you are wondering why. The answer is simple. They go together. Much like Newton's Cradle (pictured) which demonstrates the law of conservation of energy and momentum, the improper use language surrounding substance … Continue reading Why do we keep talking about Language and Stigma?

Innovation: The value that drives.

Innovation. In the most basic terms, innovation can be defined as something that meets a need. It is the intellectual curiosity and creative inspiration that results in new strategies, processes,  techniques and solutions. Wake the Nation acknowledges the weakness that exist in society's perceptions of substance use disorder and mental health and vows to create … Continue reading Innovation: The value that drives.