The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

A new Surgeon General’s report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. “It’s time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. “Not as a moral failing, but as a chronic illness that must be treated with…

For the first time, a sitting Surgeon General recognizes addiction as a health crisis.

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Newly proposed legislation would increase the number of Suboxone patients doctors see.
Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction. It’s widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor’s office, whereas methadone can only be provided at a limited number of specialized addiction centers. Jumping Through Suboxone Hoops Despite…

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  • For the first time, a sitting Surgeon General recognizes addiction as a health crisis. The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General’s report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. “It’s time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. “Not as a moral failing, but as a chronic illness that must be treated with…

  • Newly proposed legislation would increase the number of Suboxone patients doctors see. Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction. It’s widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor’s office, whereas methadone can only be provided at a limited number of specialized addiction centers. Jumping Through Suboxone Hoops Despite…

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    Dr. Kimball was asked to read a brief story. It told of a man having a difficult time complying with court-ordered addiction treatment. From start to finish, Dr. Kimball referred to this man as “the addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same story, only his version referred to the man as “having a substance use disorder.”…

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    It’s no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet, has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, while prescription opioid use disorders, frequency of use and related deaths has actually increased. Non-Medical Abuse vs Prescription…

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