Declaring Addiction a Health Crisis Could Change Criminal Justice
Atlantic Magazine
November 27, 2016

“For the first time ever, a sitting U.S. surgeon general has declared substance abuse a public-health crisis. ‘It’s time to change how we view addiction,’ Vivek Murthy said in a statement last week, which was accompanied by a lengthy report on the issue. ‘Not as a moral failing, but as a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, urgency and compassion. The way we address this crisis is a test for America.’”

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