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captioning sponsored by cbs >> dickerson: a warning from the surgeon general. substance abuse will strike one in seven americans. he wants a revolution in how we treat it. also tonight, the trump transition. big names floated for big jobs, saving one of the biggest for his son-in-law? >> jared is a very successful real estate person, but i actually think he likes politics more than he likes real estate. >> dickerson: and tales of two species. climate change could wipe out africa's "gorillas in the mists." >> they're no in control of events, but they're the potential victims of them. >> dickerson: while america's buffalo make a tremendous
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son of a gun, i'll tell you that's a fact. >> this is this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> dickerson: good evening. scott is off. i'm john dickerson. america has an addiction problem, and today in the first report of its kind, surgeon general vivek murthy called for a major shift in the way we treat this. his report says nearly 21 million suffer from substance abuse. it affects more americans than cancer, yet 90% are not getting treatment. the economic impact isor 440 billion dollars. cbs news medical correspondent dr. tara narula joins us now. tara, do we really know how to define addiction? >> reporter: the report does a great job of telling us this is a spectrum that ranges from substance misuse all the way to the more severe form of the disorder addiction. it's a call to action for a public health crisis that affects individual, families, society. the number of americans affected by substance abuse disorders is as many americans affected by
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the americans affected by cancer, yet we accept a treatment rate for 10% for those diseases? probably not. the hope is this will catalyze change, as did the surgeon general's report in the 1906s when it came to tobacco. >> dickerson: tara, where do we go from here if this is to be treated as a disease? >> one of the best things this report did is tell us we need to change our attitude about substance misuse and addiction. we need to have understanding and compassion. this is not a moral failure, not a character flaw or something to be ashamed of this. is something that is a chronic disease of the brain. we need to treat it like a chronic condition. the faces of this disease, our families, our colleague, these people need to feel comfortable coming forward and telling us they need help. we need to approach this with a public health approach like we would treat any other chronic condition, which means mobilizing doctors, educators, parents to have a multifaceted attack. the idea is hopefully with that we understand the science, we know that prevention and treatment work, that recovery is
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>> dickerson: dr. tara narula, thanks. one photo that's seared into our memories showed two family members in ohio overdosed in their car with a four-year-old in the back seat. don dahler has more on this epidemic of opioid abuse. >> hey, girl, what's up? >> reporter: 20-year-old nick ryan's heroin high was captured on his mother's cell phone. she videotaped nick and his father tim ryan during a drug binge hoping when she showedt them into getting help. his father is now in recovery, but nick died from an overdose two years ago. tim can never forgive himself. >> all that lady wanted was a good husband, some kids, and i took all that away, and then i set the path for my son. >> reporter: the chicago area saw more than 600 opioid-related deaths last year, with e.m.s. crews responding to nearly 3,000 overdose calls.
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an average of 14 cases a day. e.r. doctor steven aks. >> for me when i learned that overdose deaths exceeded car accident deaths, to me that was shocking. >> reporter: this epidemic knows no state boundary, no age limits. it is color blind, and it attracts men and women with equality. this is a two-year-old in lawrence, massachusetts, trying to revive her overdosed mother in the a anti-overdose drugs like narcan have become a lifeline. in 2011, 4,600 prescriptions were given out. so far this year more than 87,000. and with heroin being laced with powerful painkillers, it often takes multiple doses to save lives. >> i think average viewer may not understand that it's come metally out of the control of the individual once they're in it, and that they really need significant help.
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emergency rooms like this one see three times the national average of overdose victims, but, john, some communities are beginning to focus on treatment. just last year illinois passed a law that requires medicaid and private insurers to cover substance abuse like they cover other medical conditions. >> dickerson: don dahler, thank you, don. now to the transition. top officials in the obama administration are beginning to make way for the trump team. today we learned the director of clapper, submitted his resignation effective at the end of mr. obama's term. as for the incoming administration, it is becoming clear that president-elect trump intends to lean heavily on his son-in-law, jared kushner. but can he give kushner a white house job? anna werner takes a look. >> reporter: is it nepotism, favoring his relatives if the president-elect ploys his son-in-law in his
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appointments suggests it is, but house speaker paul ryan said today he doesn't know. >> he's obviously a brilliant young man who donald trump trusts, so i'll leave it up to the trump transition team to decide what role he plays. >> reporter: there are also concerns kushner might be given access to the highly classified presidential daily briefing. in a letter yesterday to vice president mike pence, house democrat elijah cummings said, "if these reports are true, an astonishingly cavalier attitude toward our nation's most sensitive secrets." >> jared is a very successful real estate person, but i actually think he likes politics more than he likes real estate. i'll tell you. >> reporter: much of the country knows little about the 35-year-old harvard graduate other than that he's married to ivanka trump, seen with her here in an instagram video. >> i always tell ivanka, don't worry about the things you can't control.
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accounts, kushner was key to trump's winning campaign, "esquire" contributor vicky ward has covered kushner for over a decade. >> he really believed that his father-in-law had a message that resonated with middle america, and he also realized that all his social and professional friends didn't get it. >> reporter: ward said a steadying influence on his father-in-law. >> he knows not to always take him literally. he knows how to handle him. i think that gives power. because it means that he can get through to his father-in-law when perhaps a lot of other people cannot. >> reporter: kushner was thurst into the spotlight at age 24 when his father charles was convicted some years back of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering. john, the prosecutor was a young chris christie, who was ousted recently as trump's transition head. >> dickerson: anna werner
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tonight. thanks, anna. today mr. trump met with japan's prime minister. his first meeting with a world leader since the election. the vice president-elect went to the capitol to build bridges with friends and former colleagues. here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: vice president-elect pence was on a charge offensive today, taking selfies with house republicans, meeting with leaders and tourists alike. >> this is earl, everybody. >> reporter: the 12-year veteran of capitol hill vowed to be a link the president-elect, whose shifting positions sometimes puzzle lawmakers from both sides. >> we're beginning to discuss areas that we might move forward on together. >> reporter: as mr. pence made the rounds in d.c., a steady stream of cabinet hopefuls were coming and going from new york's trump tower, including south carolina governor nikki haley, who is rumored to be in the running for secretary of state,
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an embarrassment. in fact, campaign sources have begun floating a number of former detractors for top roles, including texas senator ted cruz and even former g.o.p. nominee mitt romney. >> donald trump is a phony, a fraud. >> reporter: whose low opinion of mr. trump during the campaign was more than reciprocated. >> i don't like romney. i don't like him. he thinks he's hot stuff. i hate people that think they're hot stuff and they're nothing. okay. >> reporter: cbs news has learned the two will sit down on saturday. trump loyalist and alabama senator jeff sessions. >> well, i think it's good that the president-elect is meeting with people like mr. romney. he's meeting with a lot of talented people. >> reporter: and it would be tough to fill the top ranks of government without tapping at least some former critics. one trump ally took himself out of the running for a cabinet position today, scott. newt gingrich said he wants to be free to plan strategically at
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>> dickerson: nancy cordes. thanks so much, nancy. tonight a new and sinister picture is emerging in the shooting deaths of three american soldiers this month in jordan, an important u.s. ally in the middle east. david martin is following this. >> reporter: as army sergeant james moriarty's body came home, u.s. officials said a video of the incident in which he and two other american soldiers were killed appears the show a deliberate terrorist attack, not as was first believed a tragic acci. green berets working for the c.i.a. in jordan, training syrian rebels. u.s. officials say security camera video shows several american vehicles stopped in broad daylight at the entrance to the jordanian airfield where the green berets were based. the first was allowed to passes through the gate, but a guard suddenly owned fire on the second vehicle, killing both americans inside. the americans in the third and fourth vehicles jumped out and
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the jordanian guard shot and killed one of them before he was wounded by the other. jordanian officials originally blamed the americans for failing to stop at the gate, but the u.s. embassy in jordan said in a statement, "there is absolutely no credible evidence they did not follow proper procedures." the f.b.i. is leading the investigation, but so far they have been unable to question the shooter because he is in a medically induced coma. john? >> dickerson: david martin at the pentagon. thank you, david. in morocco today, nearly 200 countries reaffirmed their support for the global climate agreement reached in paris last year. mr. are worried president-elect trump will pull out of the deal. further south in africa, climate change is taking a toll on endangered mountain gorillas. mark phillips has more in his ongoing series "the climate diaries." >> there is a population up there on the slopes of these volcanic peaks in central africa
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in washington about climate change. but the famous gorillas in the mist do know something is going on. they know the bamboo chutes that make up a major part of their diet and which used to sprout like clockwork are now less predictable. the rains that produce them are a moh late this year. the "gorillas in the mists" -- gorillas hadsell to adapt their roaming been altered. their world is changing. these guys are the 800-pound gorillas in the room, except they really weigh in at about 400 pounds. they're not in control of events. they're the potential victims of them. the gorilla's problems are made worse by the troubles of their distant cousins and close neighbors, people. because the late rains have also made the water supply down in the valley less reliable, local
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into gorilla country, where they're not supposed to go, to bring the good mountain water home. and park ranger abel musana says water isn't the only they're after. >> when there's that kind of change and drought, the harvest will be impacted, and the people are coming to invade the habitat of the gorillas. >> reporter: so when the people are low on food, they come into the park looking for food. >> yes. >> reporter: the human population has ballooned in the area surrounding the park. when these people are forced up the mountains, david grier of the world wildlife fund's great ape program says they bring disease and other dangers with them. >> we have to enter the park to get access to this clean water. in the meantime, they might want to set a snare for catching an ungulate for food.
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something? >> right. >> reporter: but some poor ape gets in it? >> exactly. >> reporter: that's what happened to this gorilla filmed by a "60 minutes" team a few months ago. the snare was removed by a vet who has helped the ape population increase lately. still, there are only about 880 mountain gorillas left in the world, all here, confined to these mountain tops. they're already considered critically endangered, and as nowhere to go. mark phillips, cbs news in volcano national park, rwanda. >> dickerson: coming up next on the "cbs evening news," how facebook and twit rer changing after the election. and later, there's no slowing down this old cowboy at round-up time. yogurt. get moving. keep moving. i know!
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>> dickerson: our final stop tonight is home on the range, where hundreds of the nation's most treasured animals will be auctioned off over the weekend. of course, you can't sell them chip reid got to ride with the trail boss. >> reporter: the earth rumbles as 1,100 buffalo stampede across the south dakota prairie while about 60 volunteer cowboys and cowgirls ride herd, including -- >> i want somebody to sit right here. >> reporter: -- 81-year-old bob lantis. >> i don't care who, two people. if you about it in there and charging, you about it right. >> reporter: this
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nation's biggest buffalo round-up of its kind for the past 45 years. so what's the best part of the round-up, bob? >> well, to me it's the run. when you're actually pushing the buffalo and they're running just as hard as they can run, we're running as hard as we can run, it's an adrenaline-kicking son of a gun, i'll tell you that for a fact. >> reporter: a lot of fun, yes, but a buffalo can weigh 2,000 pounds, and some of them have an attitude. richgels. >> i had a bull turn and come at me on my horse, and we had to boogie out of there pretty quick. it made for a memorable event. >> reporter: more than 30 million buffalo once roamed the u.s., but in the 1800s they were slaughtered by pioneers almost to distinction. today one of the country's largest wild herds calls custer state park home. there is a purpose to this round-up. >> yes, very definitely. >> reporter: it's for the health of the herd.
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hold the herd in a manageable number so they don't overgraze the land. >> ready? >> reporter: after the round-up, they're vaccinated, cavs are branded and some cows are sold. for lantis, it never gets old. >> when you quit doing the thing you like to do, you're going to do. team, spread out across here. >> reporter: for this cowboy, living a good, long life means making your home where the buffalo roam. chip hills of south dakota. >> dickerson: that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for scott pelley and all of us at cbs, i'm john dickerson. i'll see you back here tomorrow night and sunday on "face the nation." thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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