Today, U.S. Surgeon Vivek H. Murthy published a landmark report on a health crisis affecting every community in our country. Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health is a comprehensive review of the science of substance use, misuse, and disorder. The report is available here.
Nearly 21 million people in America have a substance use disorder involving alcohol or drugs, an astonishing figure that is comparable to the number of people in our country with diabetes and higher than the total number of Americans suffering from all caners combines. In spite of the massive scope of this problem, only 1 in 10 people with a substance use disorder receives treatment.
Together, we can prevent addiction and create hope for millions of people in treatment and recovery.