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⅔ of adults say they or a family member impacted by Addiction

Two-thirds of adults in the US say they or a family member have been addicted to alcohol or drugs,...

...experienced homelessness due to addiction, or experienced an overdose that led to an emergency room visit, hospitalization, or death, according to research published this week by KFF. This figure includes 19% who say they personally have met the same criteria.

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Mental Health and Opioids

Mental Health Update | Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic is essentially the rising tide of opioid abuse in America.

When opioid abuse becomes serious and frequent, it can lead to addiction and death.
Opioids have become widely available, either via prescription or the black market, and this increasing availability is contributing to an escalation in the number of people who become addicted.
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Addiction | Expert Feedback on the Surgeon General's Report on Addiction

Last November, the United States Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, MD, announced the release of the first-ever report on substance use, abuse and addiction.

Dr Murthy had declared in the month preceding the release: “We are going to stop treating addiction as a moral failing, and start seeing it for what it is: a chronic disease that must be treated with urgency and compassion.”

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