Each year, the Associated Press (AP) releases an updated edition of the AP Stylebook, the gold standard in publishing guidelines. This year is no different, though some of the notable changes are making news themselves.
The 2017 edition boasts over 200 new rule changes, including standard operating procedure for writing about “fake news” and the likelihood that readers will understand you mean virtual reality when you write “VR.” Among the slew of new editorial protocol were a number of monumental changes to the way professional writers should reference drugs in their reporting.
The Associated Press is making modifications to three different drug-related areas, including addiction, the dichotomy of the terms “opioid” and “opiate,” and general terminology updates to a number of different drug categories.
The designated Twitter account of the AP Stylebook let loose a series of eight tweets detailing all of the drug-related modifications on Wednesday.
The first change announced was a major alteration in how drug addiction is considered in the court of public opinion, reflecting a philosophical shift in the compassion department.
Addiction to alcohol and…