Stigma Reduction Initiative

The Lackawanna County Opioid Overdoes Coalition’s primary goal is to reduce overdoes related deaths in Lackawanna County. One of the strategies in reducing overdose deaths is understanding the stigma associated with opioid use and abuse and helping to reduce it in order for individuals and families to obtain the treatment and help that they need.

The Stigma Reduction Workgroup is conducting surveys to assess the current levels of stigma in Lackawanna County with hopes of understanding the depth of the issue. At the conclusion of the surveys, the information will be used to develop a stigma reduction campaign and to target messaging and learning opportunities at the root causes of stigma.

The surveys are targeting three primary groups:

  1. The Community At Large – This survey is intended to understand how the general community feels and thinks about opioid use, abuse, and overdose.  The link to this survey is:
  2. First Responders – Lackawanna County First Responders are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic every day.  Understanding out how first responders think and feel about the challenges they face will help us improve communication and education surrounding opioid overdose.  The link to this survey is:
  3. The Medical Community – Doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and others are part of the solution in addressing the opioid issues in Lackawanna County.  The survey seeks to understand medical practitioners use and understanding of the PDMP and beliefs surrounding opioid use and abuse. The link for this survey is:

The surveys were developed utilizing materials provided by the PA Opioid Overdoes Reduction Technical Assistance Center, including the Developing a Stigma Reduction Initiative guide produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.