Surgeon General Urges Public To See Addiction As A Disease
In 2015, almost 21 million Americans –– about 8 percent of the population –– had a substance abuse disorder.By Ryan Biek | November 17, 2016
The surgeon general's first report on addiction urges the country to see it as a disease instead of a character flaw.
In the report released Thursday, he wrote, "It is a chronic illness that we must approach with the same skill and compassion with which we approach heart disease, diabetes and cancer."
More people in America have substance abuse disorders than all forms of cancer combined. In 2015, almost 21 million Americans –– about 8 percent of the population –– had a substance abuse disorder.