Governor Deal Proclaims April 23-29 National Addiction Treatment Week in Georgia
(Atlanta, Georgia) April 24, 2018 – Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia, signs a proclamation declaring April 23rd-29th, 2018 National Addiction Treatment Week in Georgia. National Addiction Treatment Week, an initiative by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), raises awareness that addiction is a disease, evidence-based treatments are available, and recovery is possible.
The adverse effects of the opioid epidemic and addiction in Georgia and throughout the United States (US) are evident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 1999 to 2016, more than 630,000 people have died from a drug overdose. Around 66% of the more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved an opioid. On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. CDC reports that, in Georgia, there were estimated 1,394 drug overdose deaths in 2016, and the latest available data shows an average of 2,555 alcohol-related deaths per year. 
The significant treatment gap for addiction in the US is an important part of the epidemic. Nearly 20.5 million Americans suffer from a substance use disorder (SUD), yet only 1 in 10 people with SUD receive treatment. In 2015, nearly 2.3 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder, yet there was only enough treatment capacity to treat 1.4 million people, leaving a treatment gap of nearly 1 million people.
“Governor Deal’s support of National Addiction Treatment Week increases awareness that addiction is a disease, rather than a moral failure,” said Susan Blank, MD, FASAM, president of the Georgia Society of Addiction Medicine (GSAM). “GSAM remains dedicated to increasing Georgians’ access to quality care by working to reduce the stigma associated with the disease and expand a qualified workforce to treat addiction and save lives.”
To learn more about National Addiction Treatment Week, how to get involved, and how to spread the word about the need for a larger addiction medicine workforce, visit www.TreatAddictionSaveLives.org.
 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Surgeon General, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. Washington, DC: HHS, November 2016. CH 4-2