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NHPCO Interdisciplinary Conference 2018

Sam Snodgrass, PhD, BNM Board Member, will be speaking at the NHPCO’s Conference on November 7, 2018. The panel will be speaking on the issue of Opiod-related Deaths: Hospice Bereavement Programs Respond.

The Power of Words: Changing the Language of Addiction

Words matter. They determine how we understand and perceive our world. They carry power, for good and for ill. Stigma is driven by the pejorative words, the labels, that are used to describe us. This is not a matter of political correctness. Until we are seen as people, until we are provided the same respect and dignity as everyone else, we will continue to die. We have to change the cultural perception of those with an opioid disorder. To do that we have to first change the language of opioid addiction:

Harris Wittels Loss To Heroin

Harris Lee Wittels died on February 19, 2015 of a heroin overdose alone in his Los Angeles home. He was 30 years young.
He was my son. He was the world’s comedian. My son grew up in an affluent, white suburban neighborhood. He was a “nice Jewish boy.” His dad is a physician and I am a retired teacher. My son would never, ever take that drug called heroin! These kinds of kids don’t do such a thing! I am sharing this story because I want other families to hopefully know what we did not know.