Surgeon General Says Addiction is a Brain Disorder, Not a Moral Failing

Surgeon General Says Addiction is a Brain Disorder, Not a Moral Failing

This represents a shift in how substance abuse is perceived

A new report from US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says Americans should see addiction as a brain disorder instead of a moral failing. Murthy says that although substance abuse disorders are a public health crisis, many don’t receive the support they need.

According to the report, more people have a substance abuse disorder than have cancer, but only 10 percent receive treatment. A big reason why is because they’re ashamed of the disease.

More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record, and more than six out of 10 of those deaths involved an opioid. The report explains how drugs disrupt self-control and make recovery difficult.

I’m calling for a culture change in how we think about addiction," he told The Washington Post. "Unless we eradicate the negative [stereotypes] . . . we won’t create an environment where people feel comfortable coming forward and asking for help."

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Easy to Use Safety Incident App

    Record incidents on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Collect data for multiple types of incidents including including near misses, vehicle and environmental incidents, and employee and non-employee injuries; at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus