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There is little to diasagree with in the ambition of Global Commission on Drug Policy to change the language used to describe people who develop problems with drugs. But there is a danger that people simply adopt the correct terminology without changing their core beliefs and simply learn what is acceptable to say. As the report makes clear medical professionals are as guilty as anyone of using stigmatising language when referring to this group of patients.
So to make a meaningful difference it is not just words that need to change but beliefs, that I suspect is a greater challenge as many medical professionals still view such problems as self-inflicted and not deserving of health resources.