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Penn Foundation Responds to Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

On November 17, 2016, The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health was released. This is the first Surgeon General’s Report to address substance use disorders and the resulting health issues and societal impact of drug and alcohol abuse. The 430-page report details the serious problem of substance use disorder gripping our country, including the impact that substance misuse has on individuals and communities and the need for integrated, evidenced-based care and community-based prevention programs.

As a provider of mental health and substance use disorder treatment services for more than 60 years, Penn Foundation sees firsthand the impact of substance abuse on individuals, families, and our community. In July, Penn Foundation was named one of the first 20 Centers of Excellence for the treatment of opioid addiction, and we currently provide many of the services described in the Surgeon General's Report.

  • Penn Foundation offers a comprehensive continuum of care for substance use disorder, including inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs that incorporate evidence-based practices, medication-assisted treatment, and coordination of both behavioral health and physical health care needs.

  • Penn Foundation is The Moyer Foundation's Pennsylvania partner for Camp Mariposa®, a national addiction prevention and mentoring program founded by former Major League baseball pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen, for youth ages 9-12 that have been impacted by substance abuse in their families.

  • Through a grant from the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc., Penn Foundation has been providing prevention awareness and education to local school districts, clergy, physicians, realtors, and the general community. The grant has fostered the formation of a Youth Advisory Committee comprised of students from Bucks County high schools. This dynamic group of youth is helping to educate Penn Foundation’s prevention team on ways in which it can empower the youth in the community to make healthy choices.

The Surgeon General’s Report also addresses the fact that stigma significantly influences an individual’s willingness to seek help, and community involvement is critical, a belief also shared by Penn Foundation. The Report states, “Changing the culture is an essential piece of lasting reforms, creating a society in which:

  • People who need help feel comfortable seeking it.
  • There is "no wrong door" for accessing health services.
  • Communities are willing to invest in prevention services, knowing that such investment pays off over the long term, with wide-ranging benefits for everyone.
  • Health care professionals treat substance use disorders with the same level of compassion and care as they would any other chronic disease, such as diabetes or heart disease.
  • People are celebrated for their efforts to get well and for their steps in recovery.
  • Everyone knows that their care and support can make a meaningful difference in someone’s recovery.”

We understand that making a cultural shift in the way people think about, talk about, look at, and act toward people with substance use disorders will not be easy, but we believe that it’s possible. As a long-time beneficiary of community support, Penn Foundation knows very well the caring and compassion that exists in our community and the extraordinary ability of our community to come together for a common cause.

It will take all of us – every single one of us – working together and supporting those who struggle with addiction to preserve the health and well-being of our community. Penn Foundation is poised and ready to meet the challenge. Please join us in finding solutions to this vitally important cause.

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                         Wayne Mugrauer, MPA                                                
Christopher Squillaro, DO                               
                Penn Foundation President & CEO                             Penn Foundation Medical Director                      


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