A Moral Test for America

A US Surgeon General’s report released today aims to call attention to the magnitude of the epidemic of drug and alcohol addiction in America, where more than 20 million people are addicted yet only 1 in 10 receives treatment.
 
“Facing Addiction,” gathers the latest information on the health impacts of drug and alcohol misuse, issues around treatment and prevention, and research on the neurobiology of addiction, which, the report emphasizes, is a disease, not a moral failing.
 
“I’m calling for a culture change in how we think about addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told the Washington Post. “Unless we eradicate the negative [stereotypes] . . . we won’t create an environment where people feel comfortable coming forward and asking for help.”
Source: The Washington Post

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