RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Indivior PLC (LON: INDV) commends U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy for the robust report released today titled, " Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health." The U.S. Surgeon General continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to this public health epidemic by recognizing innovative methods to prevent new cases of opioid addiction, identifying opioid addiction early on in individuals and ensuring access to effective opioid addiction treatments. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is also acting to address the U.S. opioid epidemic by enabling nurse practioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to immediately begin taking the 24 hours of required training to prescribe the opioid use disorder treatment, buprenorphine. Indivior applauds this action to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in communities throughout the country. "This report comes at a critical point in time, drawing national attention to a public health epidemic that continues to sweep the country," said Shaun Thaxter, CEO, Indivior. "We are encouraged by the proactive steps taken by the U.S. federal government to raise awareness about this chronic disease and ensure that patients have access to the treatment they need. The patient journey is a complex one and treatment requires a tailored plan based on individualized needs. Providing patients with an integrated continuum of care in mainstream medicine allows for a comprehensive treatment approach." The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that 2.7 million Americans (aged 12 or older) had a prescription drug use disorder in the past year. 1 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioids, primarily prescription pain relievers and heroin, are the main drugs associated with overdose deaths. 2 Opioid dependence is a complex health condition with many elements to consider - biological, psychological and social. Indivior works to ensure that patients have unrestricted access to high-quality treatment services for this chronic, relapsing condition. "Today marks an important step toward addressing this public health crisis," said Shaun Thaxter, CEO, Indivior. "Indivior has partnered with governments, policymakers, payers, advocacy groups and healthcare professionals for the past 20 years to increase education about the scientific nature of the disease and the value of medication-assisted treatment. We look forward to working with the new Congress and Administration to continue building on this important work." About Indivior Indivior is a global specialty pharmaceutical company with a 20-year legacy of leadership in patient advocacy, health policy and evidence-based best practice models that have revolutionized modern addiction treatment. Indivior is dedicated to transforming addiction from a global human crisis to a recognized and treated chronic disease. Building on its robust, global opioid dependence portfolio, Indivior has a strong pipeline of product candidates designed to both expand treatments in opioid dependence and address other chronic diseases of addiction - including alcohol use disorder, cocaine intoxication and schizophrenia. Headquartered in the United States in Richmond, VA, Indivior employs more than 900 individuals globally and its portfolio is available in over 40 countries worldwide. Its name is a fusion of the words individual and endeavor and its logo radiates the company's patient-centered holistic focus on expanding access to high-quality treatment services for addiction worldwide. For more information, please visit www.Indivior.com. Important Safety Information Do not take SUBOXONE Film if you are allergic to buprenorphine or naloxone as serious negative effects, including anaphylactic shock, have been reported. SUBOXONE Film can be abused in a manner similar to other opioids, legal or illicit.