By Dr. Vivek H. Murthy

Credit: Office of the Surgeon General / Ann S. Kim.

When I became a doctor, I expected that most of my time would be spent seeing patients with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. When I became Surgeon General, I was eager to engage our nation in discussions about how to prevent those diseases and how to make sure everyone has a fair shot at living a healthy and productive life.

But in both jobs, I found it impossible to treat the chronic diseases in front of me without first confronting the all-too-common reality of drug and alcohol addiction. Nearly 21 million Americans suffer from a substance use…

U.S. Surgeon General

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, serves as America’s doctor, providing info to improve public health & leading the USPHS Commissioned Corps.

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