78 People Die a Day From Opioid Overdose

    • Addiction is taking a stunning toll on America and must not be thought of as a "character flaw," the U.S. surgeon general said in a landmark report

    • "Substance use disorders represent one of the most pressing public health crises of our time," the report says. "For far too long, too many in our country have viewed addiction as a moral failing. This unfortunate stigma has created an added burden of shame that has made people with substance use disorders less likely to come forward and seek help."

    • The goal of the 400-plus-page report, Murthy said, is to change public attitude toward addiction the way the 1964 surgeon general’s landmark report on the dangers of smoking did more than 50 years ago.

    • "This is a report that likewise hopefully will galvanize us to say, ‘Hey, these are conditions that are medical problems, we have a database and approaches that can help. It’s not hopeless and we can make a difference in the lives of people.’"

    • "I’ve seen the pain that it causes not only [addicts], but also their families," he told NBC News. "Millions of our brothers and sisters have been forced to live in the shadows because they don’t feel comfortable coming forward."

    • "I have people who come up to me all the time … telling me that they are worried they’ll be fired from their job, that they’ll be ostracized," he added.

    • Approximately 50,000 people died from an alcohol, opioid or other drug overdose in 2014, compared with 32,744 who died from car accidents that year.

    • the number of people currently struggling with a substance use disorder is more than the number of people suffering from any kind of cancer.

    • The approach to treating addiction can’t be different than treating any other chronic illness, Murthy writes in a preface to his report.

    • "We must help everyone see that addiction is not a character flaw — it is a chronic illness that we must approach with the same skill and compassion with which we approach heart disease, diabetes, and cancer."

    • individuals who start drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to become addicted later on than those who start at age 20 or later.

    • Springing a staged confrontation on an addict "may backfire by heightening resistance and diminishing self-esteem on the part of the targeted individual," the report says. Professional clinical programs or services can lead to remission or even full recovery, particularly when supplemented by social services and monitoring after the addict leaves treatment.

    • More than 25 million people who once had a problem with alcohol or drugs no longer do, according to a national survey cited in the report. The report also commends group recovery programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, which can help individuals stay on track after a treatment program.

    • Obamacare, which President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to repeal — has given 20 million people access to health insurance who wouldn’t otherwise have it. Paired with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, which makes addiction treatment an essential health benefit, treatment is now possible for millions.

    • "I want you to imagine only one in ten people with diabetes or cancer getting treatment," he told NBC News. "We wouldn’t tolerate it. It’s absolutely imperative that we invest in treatment to get people the help they need."

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