June 25, 2021 Pueblo, CO – A traveling exhibit, “Your Words Have Power”, educates and empowers the community to help fight substance misuse and stigma for those seeking treatment. The exhibit showcases 15 Pueblo County residents who have experienced and/or seen the impacts of substance misuse and stigma. A soft opening will be held at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment Monday, June 28, 2021, the exhibit is scheduled for travel to multiple locations in Pueblo through August.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, stigma related to substance misuse is shown to hinder those experiencing substance misuse to seek treatment and help. Public stigma is often driven by stereotypes about people with substance use disorders, such as perceived moral failings or being perceived as dangerous that can cause negative attitudes toward people with substance use disorders.

Stigma is one of the most commonly reported reasons for not participating in substance use treatment according to one nationally representative study.

“There are words I’ve learned not to use – not to call myself and not to call other people alcoholics or addicts,” said Jean Howard, storyteller for the exhibit. Howard explained, “I realized that my words and other people’s words can cause unintentional harm to someone and stigmatize them – and not ever realize it.”


The Your Words Have Power exhibit will be at the following locations:

  • Facebook.com/pueblohealth video premier
    • June 28, 2021, 6:00 PM


  • Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment
    • 101 W. 9th Street
    • June 28 – July 2, 2021, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
    • Storytellers will be present:
      • Jean, June 28, 2021, 10:00 AM – Noon
      • Laura, July 1, 2021, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
      • Michael, July 2, 2021, 10:00 AM – Noon


  • El Pueblo Museum
    • 301 N. Union Avenue
    • July 17, 2021, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    • Storytellers will be present


  • Rawlings Library
    • 100 Abriendo Avenue
    • Month of August during hours of operation
    • Storytellers will be present


  • Friendly Harbor
    • 2713 N. Grand Avenue
    • August 21, 2021, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Storytellers will be present

For more information about the exhibit and future locations, visit https://bit.ly/311i16L.

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