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A Review on the Representation of Substance Addiction in National Print Media
  • Özge Yaman,
  • halil ibrahim bilkay
Özge Yaman
Beykent University

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The aim of this study is to review the news about substance abusers in the national print media and to determine the current state of affairs in the print media. In the study conducted by using document analysis method, 217 news articles that published in the first six newspapers with high circulation in one year between 01.02.2022 - 01.02.2023 and focused on substance addiction were reviewed. It was determined that the descriptive characteristics of the individuals were mostly presented explicitly in the news articles; news items with information content were featured less than news items with punishment, suicide, death, or more than one of them in combination; news items that resulted in hospitalisation, treatment, and recovery were rarely featured; while the committed crime implied the crime of the substance, the abuser became the victim; negative discourses were used against abuser; and the news items featuring celebrities involved innocent and encouraging discourses about the substance. The language and content used in the news on substance addiction should be edited. More sensitivity of media workers toward substance addiction and the publication of news in cooperation with psychiatric health workers will contribute to the positive impact on the social perception of substance addiction and the recovery processes of substance abusers.