AOD Media Watch
Mar 3, 2017
The media plays an important role in shaping public opinion and attitudes towards alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in the community. Research has demonstrated that sensationalist media reporting of AOD related issues can be harmful by counter-intuitively leading to increased AOD use and perpetuating stigma about people who use certain drugs.
AOD Media Watch is a blog focused on correcting AOD misinformation in the media by exposing poor examples of journalism regarding AOD related issues. The blog challenges journalists to report more responsibly by using evidence rather than perpetuating myths. The AOD Media Watch blog is run by a reference group made up of researchers and clinicians who work in the field of AOD.