US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy calls for end of addiction 'stigma'

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy calls for end of addiction 'stigma'
 

The head of the US public health service has called for an end to the "stigma" that makes drug and alcohol addicts less likely to seek treatment.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said addiction should be seen as a chronic illness, not a character flaw.
In a report on addiction in the US, he says 20 million people abuse substances - more than have cancer.
Mr Murthy will remain in post for another two years after Donald Trump takes the presidency in January.
In the report, entitled Facing Addiction in America, Mr Murthy says: "For far too long, too many in our country have viewed... read more

 
17 November 2016 in World News, Views: 34
Source: BBC
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