Choose Your Coworker - Drug Addict or Person with a Mental Illness

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In Medical News Today (MNT) Colleen L. Barry, PhD, MPP, an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health conducted a study regarding issues of persons with drug addictions and persons with mental health issues in the workplace.

Her findings were not surprising - respondents had a much higher negative opinion of those with drug addiction problems than those with mental illness. “Only 22 percent of respondents said they would be willing to work closely on a job with a person with drug addiction compared to 62 percent who said they would be willing to work with someone with mental illness.”

This study has profound implications especially when it comes to public attitudes and health insurance for example. It's imperative that we “educate the public that drug addictions are treatable conditions. By doing this, we will see higher levels of support for policy changes that benefit people with mental illness and drug addition.”

You might ask students to suggest ways to educate the public regarding drug addictions and mental illness.

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