The U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, recently released a groundbreaking report,Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. This report identifies drug and alcohol addiction as a significant public health concern in the United States. In 2015, 48 million Americans used an illicit drug or misused a prescription medication, and 67 million Americans reported binge drinking in the past month. Yet, only a few individuals with a substance misuse problem or addiction find their way into treatment. Although the report describes alcohol and drugs as a public health concern, the report also provides a way forward to reduce the impact of alcohol and drugs. This landmark report provides information and actionable recommendations aimed at strengthening and improving the health of communities and families.
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