U.S. Surgeon General calls attention to addictions

Posted at 10:01 AM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 10:01:38-05

The U.S. Surgeon General is calling attention to the addiction epidemic in this country.

The new report finds one in seven Americans will face drug or alcohol addiction during their lifetime, but only 10-percent of those currently addicted receive treatment.

The Surgeon General says besides allocating more money to prevention and treatment programs, our culture needs to treat addiction as a disease, not a moral flaw.

Nearly 21-million Americans struggle with substance abuse, which is more than the number of people with all cancers combine.