To neither target, capture, surveille, nor wage war: On-going need for attention to metaphor theory in care and prevention for people who use drugs

David C. Perlman, Ashly E. Jordan

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Abstract

Metaphors, and the frames they evoke, potently influence how people understand issues. These concepts of discourse, metaphor, and framing have been productively used in a range of studies including in the field of addiction. In public health and clinical discourse on people who use drugs, use of terms such as “targeting,” “surveilling,” and “capturing,” along with “war on drugs” frames and referring to drug treatment as “substitution” may reinforce negative perceptions of people who use drugs. Avoiding military metaphors and explicitly leveraging metaphors that emphasize humanity, social cohesion, and agency have the potential to improve public health for people who use drugs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Metaphor theory
  • health promotion
  • people who use drugs

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