Dr. Gail D’Onofrio who chairs Yale’s Department of Emergency Medicine, works to improve outcomes for people with opioid use disorder, and she’s on a crusade against stigma for a simple reason: social fear hinders treatment.
“The number-one reason why people don’t go into treatment is stigma,” D’Onofrio said, adding that it’s an obstacle for some doctors as well as for many patients. “We have states where doctors decide whether to treat or not. This is not acceptable.”

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