Individuals with substance use disorders and mental illness face greater stigma than those with other illnesses. The negative effects of stigma can contribute to poor mental and physical health, lower participation in treatment, barriers to accessing health care and treatment services, and delayed recovery.
To assess how stigma changes overtime, the NORC at The University of Chicago is conducting a study to measure public support for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment, assess stigma associated with OUD, and assess perceptions of criminality around OUD. This study will use a nationally representative survey panel and will administer short surveys twice a year for a total of five years. The data collected from this study will allow for a better understanding of the public’s opinion on issues related to OUD, stigma, and the justice system and how perceptions change over time.
- NORC (February 2020). The general public’s views towards opioids and core JCOIN items: An AmeriSpeak Omnibus General Population Survey 1. Chicago, IL: NORC. (PDF)
- NORC (April 2020). The COVID-19 pandemic and prior justice system involvement and history of opioid use and JCOIN core items: An AmeriSpeak JCOIN Omnibus General Population Survey 2. Chicago, IL: NORC. (PDF)
- NORC (June 2020). The general public’s views towards recovery and treatment from opioid use disorder and JCOIN core items: An AmeriSpeak JCOIN Omnibus General Population Survey 3. Chicago, IL: NORC. (PDF)
Bruce Taylor, PhD
NORC at The University of Chicago
• Understand the stigma levels that the general public attributes to individuals with an OUD
• Assess the general public’s knowledge base and awareness of addiction and opioid treatment
• Examine the public’s attitudes towards OUD, OUD treatment, and how it varies by knowing individuals who have overdosed
• Examine the public’s perceptions of criminality around OUD and appropriateness of justice interventions