Addiction takes spotlight in landmark Surgeon General report

Addiction takes the spotlight in a landmark new report released today by Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. It’s the first time such a report has been dedicated to substance misuse and related disorders by a U.S. surgeon general.

The report’s alarming statistics about this national health crisis underscore the importance of evidence-based treatment work that Rosecrance does and has been doing across the region for more than three decades:

Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders.

One in seven people in the U.S. is expected to develop a substance use disorder at some point in their lives, and yet only 1 in 10 receives treatment.

“This report allows us to engage even more people about this national health crisis of addiction,” Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton said.  “The good news is that at Rosecrance, we know treatment works, and talking about it at this level will help reduce the stigma so more children, adults and families can have the best chance at lasting recovery.”

View the full report here: