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DEA, U.S. Attorneys launch website to combat stigma of substance use disorder

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WFXR) – Federal law enforcement leaders in the Commonwealth announce the launch of a new website to fight back against the silent health epidemic of substance use disorder.

The website, www.storiesoverstigma.com, will allow those who have a family member whose life has been tragically cut short by substance use disorder, to share their story through social media.

“Our hope is that through this website, we will empower Virginians to share their buried stories of substance use disorder. Unfortunately, the stigma that historically accompanies this disease often silences family and friends of the deceased. Those who succumb to substance use disorder are our loved ones: our parents, our sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, and friends. They deserve to have their stories told, free from shame and without stigma.”

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia

The U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, along with the DEA and other law enforcement partners, is continuing to work with families and advocates to improve awareness that substance use disorder is not a choice.

A social activation campaign, #StoriesOverStigma allows people in recovery and family members who have lost a loved one to share their stories and change the conversation.

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