It's no surprise that opioid addiction and tobacco use are among the public health epidemics highlighted by the U.S. Surgeon General. But top health officials also consider loneliness one of the country's most pressing public health issues.
Billy Baker is a reporter for the Boston Globe. He spoke with WGBH All Things Considered host Barbara Howard about his recent article detailing how middle-aged men are among the most acute sufferers when it comes to social isolation, and what they can do about it.
You can read his full article here.