What is PWUD (people who use drugs)?

PWUD, or people who use drugs, is a term used to describe individuals who use drugs, whether for recreational, medicinal, or other purposes. By using this person-first language, it helps to humanize and destigmatize those who use drugs and focuses on the individual rather than defining them by their drug use.

Historical context

As the opioid overdose crisis has grown and harm reduction efforts have gained momentum, there has been an increasing emphasis on using respectful, non-stigmatizing language when discussing drug use and addiction. The adoption of terms like PWUD represents a shift in perspective, recognizing the importance of treating people with dignity and respect.

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