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Breaking out of Our Bubble: Why the Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction Is Still Critical

April 4, 2017 | Addictions | Comments
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Join Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Linda Rosenberg for a Fireside Chat from 2:00 – 3:00 pm in WSCC: 4AB.

Today at NatCon17, Linda Rosenberg sits down with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy for a “fireside chat.” She’ll ask the questions that you would ask – the questions that are top of mind for all of us dedicated to behavioral health. Why has he made addressing substance use a priority? What does he believe all Americans should know about mental illness and addiction? How can we all help make emotional well-being a priority in our communities?

This conversation comes on the heels of the release of the Surgeon General’s report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health in November. This groundbreaking report makes clear what we have known for years –  addiction is a disease that can be effectively treated. The “opioid crisis” has been front page news for years, yet each year, overdose deaths continue to rise.  And it’s not just opioids that are taking their toll; the number of Americans dying from alcohol-related causes continues to be substantially higher and is growing. In short, something must change.

As health care’s behavioral health conference, NatCon joins speakers and attendees from across health care, business, public safety, education and criminal justice in a free exchange of information and ideas that challenge and energize us. But outside the walls of the Seattle Convention Center, we challenge all of you who care about mental illness and addictions to reach beyond your comfort zone and seek out people from different sectors with different ideas. Have your own “fireside chats” about where your roles overlap when it comes to serving people with addictions, what resources you can share and how you may partner to prevent substance use disorders in your community.

Americans are increasingly accustomed to news changing at the drop of a tweet, so we urge you to stay with us on social media to share the insights and ideas of the nation’s doctor, Vivek Murthy. And keep up the drum beat for conversations that matter in your community and among your colleagues.

Talk! Tweet! Share!

And keep coming back to www.TheNationalCouncil.org/NatConToday.