US Surgeon General scheduled to visit Boston

June 17, 2016 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Surgeon General is scheduled to appear in Boston as part of his national tour to fight prescription opioid abuse.

Dr. Vivek Murthy will tour the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program on Friday and hear directly from the health care providers, community members and advocates working to combat the opioid epidemic. The program provides care to more than 12,000 homeless people year, including those in need of addiction services.

Murthy is traveling around the nation for his Turn the Tide Rx Tour, where he talks doctor-to-doctor about how prescribers can help stop abuse. The tour not only educates, but mobilizes health care professionals to improve prescribing practices, provides the public with information to protect themselves and families, and attempts to change the cultural perceptions of addiction.