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Surgeon general announces review of federal drug policies

“I’m proud to announce that next year, I will be releasing the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on substance use, addiction and health. We’re going to look at the best science on everything, from heroin and marijuana, to alcohol and prescription opioids.”

Under the Obama administration, federal drug agencies have made a point to talk about addiction as a medical problem, but the drug control budget continues to devote far more resources to arrests, punishment and interdiction than to health strategies like treatment and prevention. If President Obama intends to bring federal drug policies and budgets into line with his administration’s rhetoric before he leaves office, he could hardly find a better or more effective way to do it than through the nation’s top medical doctor. Murthy previewed the report during a speech at the Unite to Face Addiction Rally on the National Mall in October. “It’s time for us to have a conversation in this country that’s based on facts; A conversation that’s based on medicine and science,” he said at the rally, according to a draft of his reports, “Which is why I’m proud to announce that next year, I will be releasing the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on substance use, addiction and health. We’re going to look at the best science on everything, from heroin and marijuana, to alcohol and prescription opioids.”

Original Article (marijuana.com):
Surgeon general announces review of federal drug policies​
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