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Tackling Addiction Stigma by Working with Journalists

Monday, October 17, 2022 | 6-7 p.m.
WVU Reed College Media Innovation Center, 4th Floor Evansdale Crossing

Journalists hold a large sway over public opinion in their communities but reporting that unintentionally perpetuates stigma can result in life-threatening barriers for people who use drugs, have a substance use disorder or are in recovery. There are barriers to improving this type of coverage that reach beyond the field of journalism itself, but if we work together, we can make change.

In this discussion, led by the collaborative project Reporting on Addiction, we’ll bring together addiction science experts, people with lived experience, activists and journalists to discuss ways we can work across our fields to overcome these barriers and, in turn, improve reporting on addiction in West Virginia.

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Marc Jackson

Transition Agent with Jobs and Hope WV

As a transition agent with Jobs and Hope WV, Jackson covers Monongalia, Marion, Preston and Taylor counties, and is a Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist. He celebrated his 18th year in recovery this year. Prior to his current role, Marc was a community engagement specialist and peer recovery support specialist at the Harrison County Community Corrections Department. During that time, he served on the state and federal drug court treatment teams, which he still serves on at the federal level. He is a former member of the board of directors of the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, chair of the peer recovery committee and co-chair for the public policy committee, and is currently on the West Virginia Governor’s Substance Abuse Recovery subcommittee.