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The Surgeon General’s report calls for modernizing addiction treatment and integrating care with the rest of the health care system. The specific recommendations are based on strong evidence and, if enacted, will significantly improve treatment for the 40 million Americans suffering from a substance use problem. But, as the Surgeon General points out, “integration of substance use disorder care into general health care will not be possible without a workforce that is competently cross-educated and trained in all these areas.”

The new Surgeon General’s report, which presents a comprehensive public health approach to addressing the scourge of addiction in our society, is just the impetus our nation needs to finally implement a research-based rather than a punitive and moralistic approach to addiction care.

The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health was released today and shines a much needed spotlight on substance misuse and addiction and provides a long overdue call for significant changes to how we address this top public health problem. We applaud the Surgeon General for fully embracing addiction as a medical condition, a position our Center has long held and which is reflected in our mission to connect science with policy and practice to better the lives of all people impacted by substance use and addiction.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker is working to end mass incarceration and promoting alternatives to incarceration for people with addiction. With two terms as “Supermayor” of Newark, New Jersey, Sen. Booker has a wealth of experience investing in fighting crime and reducing poverty for a city with a reputation for criminal activity, corruption and drug use. He provides some important insights from his real life experiences. 

Recently, news organizations and social media channels have increased exposure of devastating images of addiction, especially photos and videos of people overdosing or near-death, sometimes with their children nearby. In several cases, community leaders and first responders posted or shared these pictures and videos, believing that public exposure to these images will help address the problem

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