“U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy said today he will shine a spotlight on the nation’s growing prescription painkiller and heroin epidemic the same way his predecessors focused on earlier national health crises like smoking and HIV.
Murthy, speaking at a conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists, said he will release this year the first surgeon general’s report on substance abuse disorders and addiction.
Murthy said he hopes the report helps the nation “… move the needle on addressing addiction, something we have needed to do for decades.”
The report will highlight the best scientific evidence on treatment and recovery, and seek to erase the stigma surrounding addiction, he said.”
Source: Syracuse.com – April 9, 2016