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Heroin forum: Change the stigma of an 'addict'

Published on Friday, August 25, 2017

Heroin forum: Change the stigma of an 'addict'

Using the term "addict" implies that it is not a medical disease, but a "moral failure," Burke said.

Burke spoke Wednesday at "Heroin in Our Community: The Science of Addiction," hosted by U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, at the Will County office building in downtown Joliet.

Those suffering with substance abuse need the support of the community, and to achieve that, people have to change their perception of this disease, officials said.

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