Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. Dr. Murthy recommends evidence-based early interventions for young people, expanding treatment programs that have been proven to work, and investing in substance use prevention and treatment research.n November 17 in Los Angeles, Facing Addiction co-hosted a national summit with United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to release his office’s historic, first-ever report called
A few specific recommendations include adding addiction screenings in primary health care settings and hospitals, creating recovery-based high schools and colleges, and establishing community forums to emphasize the medical nature of addiction.
“I’m calling for a cultural change in how we think about addiction,” Murthy told The Huffington Post. “For far too long people have thought about addiction as a character flaw or a moral failing.”
“Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain and it’s one that we have to treat the way we would any other chronic illness: with skill, with compassion and with urgency,” he added.
The report, executive summary, and key findings may be accessed here: https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/