CDC Releases New List Of Eye-Opening ‘Preferred Terms’

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) features a list full of “preferred” terms for certain population groups, preferring to call alcoholics “persons with alcohol use disorder,” the uninsured “people who are medically underserved,” and encouraging the use of the terms “pansexual” and “asexual” when referencing individuals who refuse to identify as male or female.
  • The guide features several categories. The first, “corrections and detentions,” urges individuals to avoid the basic terms “inmate,” “prisoner,” “offender,” or “criminal” and instead suggests phrases such as “people/persons who are incarcerated or detained” or “persons on parole or probation.”
  • In another section, titled “drug/substance abuse,” the guide discourages the use of “alcoholics,” “drug addicts,” or “smokers” and offers the phrases “persons who use drugs/people who inject drugs,” “persons with alcohol use disorder,” or “people who smoke.”
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