Surgeon General: We Have To ‘Change How Our Country Sees Addiction’

With the leadership of New Jersey’s United States Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is pleased to welcome United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to New Jersey for a Forum on Addiction and Healing on August 8, 2016. Limited seats are still available, register today to guarantee your participation!

Joined by Under Secretary for Health at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and moderated by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, Surgeon General Murthy, Senators Menendez and Booker, will address New Jersey’s Heroin and Opioid Abuse Crisis at this forum.

from HuffingtonPost.com:

Surgeon General: We Have To ‘Change How Our Country Sees Addiction’

“For far too many people living with addiction, they feel that they are living with stigma.”

 07/29/2016 08:27 am ETMadeline Diamond Intern, HuffPost Video
 

With nearly 2 million people in America addicted to prescription opioids, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is calling the epidemic one of the most “important public health challenges of our time.”

In a conversation with The Huffington Post’s Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, Murthy discussed key ways to address the crisis on both a governmental and individual level.

“We can work on sharpening our prescribing practices, working with clinicians to ensure we’re treating pain safely and effectively,” Murthy said. He added that clinicians need to be more equipped with skills for “how to recognize and treat substance use disorders to ensure that all the needs of a patient population are cared for.” 

But the most difficult task we must undertake to address the opioid epidemic is to “change how our country sees addiction,” he said.

“For far too many people living with addiction, they feel that they are living with stigma,” Murthy added. “Many people see addiction, still, as a character flaw or a bad choice. They don’t recognize that addiction is in fact a chronic disease of the brain.”

He added that if we “shift that cultural perception of addiction,” it will make it easier for people to get help. 

Take a look at the video above to hear more from the conversation.

This video was produced by Will Tooke.

Comments

Clodette Sabatelle
Posted 8/8/2016 3:12 PM

It was an amazing round table discussion! I only wish it was longer and more of us could ask questions. But overall it was extremely informative and wanted to thank you for offering this.

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