Portraying mental illness and drug addiction as treatable health conditions: effects of a randomized experiment on stigma and discrimination.

  title={Portraying mental illness and drug addiction as treatable health conditions: effects of a randomized experiment on stigma and discrimination.},
  author={Emma E. Mcginty and Howard Goldman and Bernice A. Pescosolido and Colleen L Barry},
  journal={Social science \& medicine},
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