Dr. Oz and co-authors’ plea to Donald Trump

As the new administration prepares to take office in January, Patrick Kennedy and his colleagues urge the President-elect to focus energy and resources on addressing a public health crisis plaguing our country’s citizens: addiction – and, in particular, opioid addiction.

The first ever report, “Facing Addiction in America,” just released by the surgeon general, provides us – and the President-elect, as our nation’s 45th president – with a non-partisan, science-based opportunity to galvanize the public, policymakers and health-care systems to work together and ensure substance use disorders at all levels of severity can be effectively addressed with the skill, urgency and compassion they require.

Read the CNN op-ed

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