Be moved to compassion. Why? Stigma kills. Blatant or subtle, Stigma does nothing to reduce addiction in the community. Quite the opposite. Stigma stops those with addictive disease from getting the help they need. They may not even seek or feel that they are worthy of that help. Stigma does not stop young people from experimenting with harmful substances. Stigma does nothing to reduce the crime associated with harmful substance use and it does not make our communities or our children safer.
So why move to compassion? Because those with addictive disease and our community will benefit from treating addiction as the public health issue it is. How do we move to compassion? We have to start somewhere so let's have a conversation.
The time to talk is now. Please show your support in this anti-stigma, awareness raising campaign in our community. The Second Wind Foundation, with the support of Mascoma Bank, The Byrne Foundation and Knight Funeral Home, invites you to a most unusual dinner to talk about drugs and addiction. Please join us. Check out Drugs Over Dinner (19th EBA's, 21st Upper Valley Turning Point, & 22nd Mickey's Roadside Cafe) on the event page to learn more.