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[Editorial] Addressing addiction in the USA

The huge toll that substance use and misuse is having on individuals, families, and communities in the USA has culminated in a major public health crisis that shows few signs of abating. Last week, the US Surgeon General released Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health—the Surgeon General’s first-ever statement on this topic. This 426-page report addresses the problem of substance use and the wide range of adverse health effects from alcohol and both legal and illegal drugs.