U.S. Surgeon General releases first report on substance abuse

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014, photo, then U.S. Surgeon General appointee Dr. Vivek Murthy appears on Capitol Hill in Washington. A new report by surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy calls for a major cultural shift in the way Americans view drug and alcohol addiction. The report, "Facing Addiction in America," details the toll addiction takes on the nation and explains how brain science offers hope for recovery. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Richmond, Va. (WRIC) — According to a report from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, nearly 21 million people in have a substance use disorder in the country.

That number is more than the number of Americans who are diagnosed with cancer. The report also stated that only one in 10 people get treatment for their condition.

The report also found far more people died from an opioid, alcohol or drug overdose than from a car accident in 2014.

This report is the first on this issue from the surgeon general.

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