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Thursday, May 19 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Ethnographic Comics: Stigma, Substance Use Disorders, and Harm Reduction

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Stigma about people who have a substance use disorder is one of the largest barriers to recovery. One way to reduce stigma is to tell true stories of substance use disorder and recovery, to help people understand that substance use disorder is not a moral failure, but a disease that requires treatment. Comics are an excellent medium for this work, because they require reader engagement in a way that text alone cannot do. I am creating ethnographic comics with people who have journeyed through substance use disorder and recovery to bring these stories to a larger audience. My presentation will review the project and share the power of comics to address stigma. 

Learning objectives:
Audience will learn about issues of stigma surrounding substance use disorder and harm reduction.
Audience will learn about the power of combining images and text to create a connection.
Audience will hear stories from rural Utah of substance use disorders and recovery.


Katie Zaman

Utah State University

Thursday May 19, 2022 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Meridian C & G