Surgeon general backs treating opioid abuse like a chronic disease

From Medical Health: NEW YORK—The U.S. surgeon general wants policymakers, healthcare providers and the public to treat substance abuse the same as chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.

Calling the opioid epidemic one of the highest priorities of the Obama administration, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said the ultimate solution will require the country changing the way it thinks about addiction. He made his comments Thursday while visiting an substance abuse treatment center in the Bronx run by Montefiore Health System.

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