Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, & Health 2016

Facing Addiction in America           

This Report reviews what we know about substance use and health and how we can use that knowledge to address substance misuse and related health consequences. The Introduction and Overview describes the extent of the substance use problem in the United States, and lays a foundation for readers by explaining what happens in the brain of a person with an addiction to these substances.

Chapters 2 through 6 address Prevention, Treatment, Recovery, and the current and emerging health care systems that provide the necessary services for effective addiction treatment.

The final chapter, Chapter 7 - Vision for the Future: A Public Health Approach provides concrete recommendations on how to reduce substance misuse and related harms in communities across the United States.

The Surgeon General's Report is available as one big PDF download, or one chapter at a time, in the sections below. An Executive Summary is also available.