“He’s Not Marrying my Daughter”: Stigma against People in Recovery from Substance Use Disorder

Austin McNeill Brown


  • We are generally unwilling to accept people who are recovering from substance use disorders into our social and professional circles.
  • People in recovery, regardless of the label used to describe them, may experience social distancing from others as the intimacy of the relationship increases.
  • In an experimental study, vignettes that described substance use recovery in any form prompted a greater desire for social distance. In contrast, the control group vignette that did not mention substance use or recovery at all elicited no desire for social distance under any context.

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Lerner Center Awarded Grant to Train Healthcare Providers on Plans of Safe Care for Babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

The Lerner Center was awarded a grant by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for their project: “Implementing and Evaluating the Efficacy of a New Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Plan of Safe Care.” The project aims to increase health provider education surrounding the successful development of Plans of Safe Care (POSC) for mothers with addiction and babies who were exposed to opioids prior to birth. Continue Reading

Lerner Center announces its Request for Proposal for the 2020 Faculty Fellows Program

The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University is proud to announce its 2020 Lerner Center Faculty Fellows Grant Program. The Faculty Fellows Grant Program intends to fund at least two research/evaluation awards in the areas of population health and/or health promotion. Awards will be funded up to a maximum of $25,000 for 24 months. Click here for more details on how to apply.

Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health is Better in States that Mandate More School Mental Health Policies

Stephanie Spera and Shannon Monnat

Key findings:

  • States with more mandated mental health policies in public schools have significantly lower adolescent suicide and substance abuse rates.
  • States that mandate school-based mental health centers, professional development in suicide prevention, and social-emotional curriculums have significantly lower adolescent suicide and substance abuse rates.
  • Mandated anti-bullying and family engagement policies are also associated with significantly lower adolescent suicide rates.

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