In medical news:

The U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released a new report addressing substance abuse in America, singling out opioids and the fact that only 1 in 10 people with a diagnosable substance use disorder has access to treatment. Murthy explained in an introductory speech last week that 20.8 million people in this country have a substance abuse disorder, which is similar to the number of people with diabetes, and one-and-a-half times the number of people who have all cancers combined. This marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders. The report addresses alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription drug misuse, with chapters covering neurobiology, prevention, treatment, recovery, health systems integration and recommendations for the future.

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