Let's remove the 'J' word from journalism
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This is a collection of stigmatising media reporting about drug users. Let's stop using the word junkie to describe drug users.
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Junkie lent home to dealers to get free hit

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A JOBLESS junkie allowed drug dealers to use his home to peddle crack cocaine and heroin in return for a free hit, a court heard.
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Study puts junkies on election radar

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A report claiming success for a program that allows heroin addicts to legally shoot up under supervision has put Canada's drug policy front and centre in the federal election.
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Drug Addiction: Stigma Paints it as a Choice, Not a Mental Illness

I like to think that we are making great progress in the fight against the stigma of mental illness -- a fight that is necessary to ensure that people of any age with psychiatric or learning disorders feel comfortable getting the care they need. Once-taboo issues like depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and dyslexia are now out in the open, and everyone from pop stars and movie stars, to soldiers and professional athletes, are comfortable admitting their problems and seeking help. We've come a long way.
But we still have a long way to go. Even those who are kind, caring and non-judgmental when it comes to most psychiatric disorders, from selective mutism to schizophrenia, may change their tune when talk turns to drug abuse and addiction. "Drunks," "junkies," "stoners" -- we look down on them because they "chose" to become addicted to drugs. They "chose" to ruin families and relationships. They made a "choice" that cost them their lives in an overdose.
This "choice" is a false one. Drug abuse and addiction are tragic things, but they are not character traits. Just as depression is a no-fault mental illness, so is addiction. And just as depression can tragically lead to suicide, so addiction can lead to self-inflicted death by overdose. They are both mistakes -- profound mistakes -- that the illness makes people more likely to make. But we can, should and must help suffering young people avoid them. This means tackling addiction, which takes the lives of people every year. But how?
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Kennedy Keith's curator insight, December 11, 2014 2:06 PM

Many people describe addiction as a disease, but actually alcohol is a choice or decision. Some people who are rich have the resources to go to rehab, but they decide not to. Some people are not mentally tough to avoid drug use.

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Stourbridge drug dealer gets time behind bars (From Stourbridge News)

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A STOURBRIDGE heroin dealer addicted to drugs since he was a schoolboy is beginning a stretch behind bars.
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THE FRONT | Montreal Mirror

THE FRONT | Montreal Mirror | Let's remove the 'J' word from journalism | Scoop.it
Junkies on the march—Moms on strike—Turning off for Earth—Debating culture and space.
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Schoolboy Sinan Kaan Koc awarded for tackling shoplifting junkie

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A DRUG addict from Faversham who threatened a supermarket security guard with a hypodermic needle was caught after a fearless teenager tripped him up,...
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I was a drug addict - Debbie Harry - Gossip - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | IOL.co.za

I was a drug addict - Debbie Harry - Gossip - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | IOL.co.za | Let's remove the 'J' word from journalism | Scoop.it
When asked if she was a junkie, Debbie replied: “Absolutely. I guess for a couple of years.
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Not just junkies: the stigmatising of drug addicts | Diane Taylor | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Diane Taylor: Treatment can help problematic drug users but unless we stop judging them and offer kindness and empathy instead it will fail
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Outrage over New York City 'heroin for dummies' fliers | News.com.au

HERE'S the latest smack on taxpayers. New York City spent $US32,000 ($35,610) on 70,000 fliers that tell you how to shoot heroin, complete with detailed tips on prepping the dope and injecting it into your arm.
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Patsy Palmer’s
hell over her junkie brother

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EASTENDERS actress refused heroin as she feared ending up like her junkie brother
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Study puts junkies on election radar

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A report claiming success for a program that allows heroin addicts to legally shoot up under supervision has put Canada's drug policy front and centre in the federal election.

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Scheme junkie: I've turned my back on smack - The Sun mobile

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A SHAMED junkie shown injecting heroin on telly smash The Scheme last night claimed he'd ditched drugs and quit the troubled estate. Out-of-control James McMurray, 26, sparked outrage when he was seen shooting up on the latest episode of the BBC show. His tongue had also turned blue after he swallowed 30 diazepam pills - washed down with super-strength lager. And more shock scenes to be broadcast tonight will show the addict OVERDOSE on screen.
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My son Blake? He’s an idle junkie scrounger

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THE MUM of Amy Winehouse’s ex-hubby has branded him a ‘disgusting scrounger’...
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Marvin is off and running

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SCHEME star Marvin Baird to quit Scotland – after dodging jail for a second time yesterday
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Junkie Daniel Kitchingham threatens store guard with syringe at Sainsbury's in Sittingbourne

Junkie Daniel Kitchingham threatens store guard with syringe at Sainsbury's in Sittingbourne | Let's remove the 'J' word from journalism | Scoop.it
A junkie who held a hypodermic needle to a store detectives neck has been jailed for just over two years.
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Swine flu: Virus killed my rock musician son after 'medics assumed he was a junkie'

Swine flu: Virus killed my rock musician son after 'medics assumed he was a junkie' | Let's remove the 'J' word from journalism | Scoop.it
Peter Williamson, 27, was refused Tamiflu and denied treatment four times over the course of a week, his family from Walkden said.
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Burton News & Staffordshire Newspaper | Burton On Trent Local Newspaper Headlines | Daily Mail | Driver was caught with Class B drugs twice in 17 days

Burton News & Staffordshire Newspaper | Burton On Trent Local Newspaper Headlines | Daily Mail | Driver was caught with Class B drugs twice in 17 days | Let's remove the 'J' word from journalism | Scoop.it
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Ian O'Doherty: The Net's virtual lynch mob is addicted to outrage - Ian O'Doherty, Columnists - Independent.ie

Ian O'Doherty: The Net's virtual lynch mob is addicted to outrage - Ian O'Doherty, Columnists - Independent.ie | Let's remove the 'J' word from journalism | Scoop.it
So, here was one: To have a journalist stirring up hatred doesn't do anyone any favours and after reading this I fear for the safety of Dublin's drug users, but I guess Ian wouldn't be bothered if one consequence of his article meant that a drug user was seriously assaulted or even killed.
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The State Government will spend more than $500,000 to supply drug addicts with condoms | Herald Sun

TAXPAYERS are paying more than $500,000 to give condoms to Victorian drug addicts.
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