The U.S. Surgeon General has issued his office's first advisory in 13 years to try and help combat opioid addiction, which he called a public health crisis.

The U.S. Surgeon General has issued his office's first advisory in 13 years.

It's in an attempt to combat opioid addiction, which he called a public health crisis.

Dr. Jerome Adams explained the details at this year's national RX Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit.

He says the purpose of his advisory is to "bring awareness to, and highlight the use of naloxone," a life-saving medication.

"The president believes and I believe that cost should not and in the near future will not be a barrier to accessing naloxone for anyone in America." Doctor Jerome Adams, the U.S. Surgeon General said.

The surgeon general says about 2.1 million people struggle with an opioid use disorder.

There is a person dying every twelve and a half minutes.