WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers, co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, released the following statement regarding U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. The report is available online at https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov.
"U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health fulfills a promise he made to release the first-ever report of its kind earlier this year at Operation UNITE’s National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. Thanks to UNITE, we are discussing addiction beyond the borders of southern and eastern Kentucky, helping the rest of the country realize this is a national epidemic.
"Everyday, 78 Americans die from an opioid-related overdose, according to the CDC, and we need to do more to save lives. I applaud the Surgeon General for releasing this comprehensive report to address the scope of the problem, including the risks of increased marijuana use nationwide. He highlighted important solutions for addiction prevention, treatment and recovery, so together, we can do a better job of facing addiction."