FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2015, file photo, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy speaks in the East Room at the White House in Washington. Take a walk: That's the U.S. surgeon general's prescription for sedentary Americans _ but communities will have to step up, too, and make neighborhoods easier and safer for foot traffic. Only half of adults and just over a quarter of high school students get the amount of physical activity recommended for good health, Murthy said in a "call to action" being issued Sept. 9. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
The U.S. Surgeon General is in town Monday to discuss opioid addiction.
Dr. Vivek Murthy is visiting an addiction recovery center as part of the “Turn the Tide” tour.
He’ll also be talking with doctors, community advocates and others. They’ll be discussing ways to stop the prescription opioid epidemic.
“Turn the Tide” wants to teach people how to protect themselves and loved ones from opioid misuse and overdose. The program also aims to change the perception of addiction from a character weakness to a treatable illness.