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Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids

Revised June 2019

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Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids report compiles opioid-related information from Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. The Spotlight on Opioids is an opioid-specific report aimed at providing the public and those with loved ones with an elevated risk of opioid overdose, misuse, and/or opioid use disorder (OUD) with opioid-related information in one document. It provides the most up-to-date data on the prevalence of substance use, opioid misuse, OUDs, opioid overdoses, and opioid-related harms. Other topics include:

  • The neurobiology of substance use, misuse, and addiction
  • The continuum of care for substance misuse and substance use disorders
  • Recovery from substance use disorders
  • Health care systems and OUD

The Surgeon General encourages people with a broad range of educational backgrounds to "use this document to determine specific actions they can take to mitigate the opioid crisis."

For other opioid-related federal resources and supplementary materials, visit the Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids webpage.

This page was last updated June 2019