OUD and Stigma: We Can Save Lives

In this 19 minute presentation, Dr. Gloria Sanchez sheds light on critical and often neglected aspects of opioid use disorder (OUD) stigma encountered by health care professionals and people living with OUD. The medical model of addiction frames addiction as a treatable chronic medical condition rather than a personal failure. While Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) contribute to OUD stigma, we learn what steps providers can take to reduce the negative impacts of stigma and improve OUD care and outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand addiction as a treatable chronic medical condition
  • Recognize how  Social Determinants of Health contribute to OUD Stigma
  • Recognize the negative impacts of stigma on OUD patients
  • Discuss steps clinicians can take to improve OUD care and outcomes


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    Gloria Sanchez, MD, FASAM

    Medical Director of Addiction Medicine for the Family Medicine Clinic & Inpatient Consult Service, Harbor UCLA Family Medicine; Associate Clinical Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

    Dr. Gloria Sanchez is a Harbor UCLA Family Medicine Residency faculty. She attended University of Washington Medical School and has focused her career on assessing and trying to meet the needs of underserved communities. Teaching future physicians the critical skills necessary to assess and treat substance use disorders has become a primary pursuit. Her overall goal remains to create national initiatives in medical training and public policy that meet the needs of vulnerable patient’s suffering from substance use disorders

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