U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD.
Credit: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

As part of his national campaign to address America’s prescription drug and opioid crisis, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, is traveling the country, talking doctor-to-doctor, about how prescribers can help stop prescription opioid abuse.

While in Albuquerque, he will tour the Addiction and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) and hear directly from the health care providers, community members and advocates who are working daily to combat the opioid epidemic – an epidemic that now kills more Americans than car accidents.

ASAP is federally certified comprehensive care treatment center that specializes in providing diverse, proven substance abuse and mental health treatment, including specialized services for women.

The U.S. Surgeon General and several patients in recovery will be available to the media following the tour.

About Turn the Tide Rx
Turn the Tide Rx is a national campaign based on the concept of “prescribers talking to prescribers.” Turn the Tide Rx aims to educate prescribers about the opioid epidemic, mobilize health care professionals to improve prescribing practices, provide the public with information to protect themselves and their families from opioid misuse and overdose, and change the cultural perceptions of addiction, so that it is seen not as a moral failing but a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, urgency and compassion.

WHO: U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA

WHEN: Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 10:35 to 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Addiction and Substance Abuse Program Health Facility (ASAP), 2600 Yale SE, Albuquerque, N.M. 87106

VISUALS: Members of the media will be able to capture video of the Surgeon General’s tour of the facility. Media availability with the Surgeon General and select ASAP patients will follow.

RSVP:  Media interested in attending this event are encouraged to RSVP to Alexander Nseir, at Alexandra.Nseir@hhs.gov

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services   202-205-0143

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health  - ashmedia@hhs.gov ,  www.hhs.gov/news     

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