NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Released today, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health determined that alcohol and drug misuse, substance use disorders and addiction to be the most pressing public health concern facing America. The release of today's landmark report marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders. We applaud the Surgeon General's recommendations to take a comprehensive, public health approach to how our nation addresses drug and alcohol misuse and substance use disorders. Our hope is that this report will have a profound impact on public attitudes, policy and practice, much as the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health had on smoking-related policies and attitudes when it was first released in 1964. The report addresses alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription drug misuse, with chapters dedicated to neurobiology, prevention, treatment, recovery, health systems integration and recommendations for the future. It provides an in-depth look at the science of substance misuse and addiction, calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the issue, and recommends actions we can all take collectively to prevent and treat these conditions, and promote recovery. We strongly affirm the Surgeon General's emphasis on the importance of preventing and addressing substance use early in adolescence. Youth who use alcohol before the age of 15 are four times more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder later in life, compared to those who have their first drink at age 21 or older. "Preventing or even simply delaying young people from trying substances is important to reducing the likelihood of a use disorder later in life," said Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. We echo the call for the expansion of substance use disorder treatment and its integration within health care to provide scientifically-proven treatments to larger number of people. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 and the Affordable Care Act in 2010 should make it possible for more people to get the services they need. Yet for reasons related to stigma, discrimination, access and reimbursement, the majority of people who need help do not receive it.