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Episode 5: Why Do We Hate Drug Users? Stigma In this episode of Health Professionals in Recovery we shift from having a guest and recorded a lecture given by Bill Kinkle to an audience of first year medical students during their fifth week of training. Bill spoke to them about recovery, stigma, race, the war of drugs, physician health programs, treatment, and advocacy through the lens of his own personal experience. Bill explains how our nation’s policies surrounding drugs combined with television, film, and print media have shaped how we think about people who use drugs. Moreover, our unconscious bias directly impacts how we care about our patients as well as how we view ourselves when we develop substance use disorders. Through this exploration Bill explains how his experiences have fueled his advocacy on several fronts. Due to several references to slides during the talk the video files can be found here: or

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