National Safety Council Statement on Surgeon General’s Report

Report highlights much-needed changes to combat America's addiction crisis

​Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council applauds the new report, Facing Addiction in America: Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health. Not only does the report highlight both the human and economic tolls of America's drug crisis, but it also calls for an attitudinal sea change toward addiction and treatment – a shift that is painfully overdue.

Millions of Americans suffer with addiction, and they bear a stigma that precludes many of them to seek help. But addiction is a disease – not a decision. With that understanding, we can address prevention, treatment and recovery more effectively, and the report provides much-needed strategies to improve each area.

The National Safety Council is committed to working with the Surgeon General's office and all other organizations that are shifting the addiction paradigm. Reports like this will go a long way toward advancing those efforts and eliminating preventable deaths.

About the National Safety Council

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.

 

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