The number of Americans who say prescription opioid addiction is a significant problem in their community is rising – up from 33 percent in 2016 to 43 percent today, according to a nationwide survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research in Chicago. This survey explored attitudes and awareness about the opioid epidemic and drug abuse in the United States. It involved 1,054 adults interviewed online and by phone between March 14 and March 19, 2018.
About 64 percent of survey respondents would like law enforcement to make more of an effort to crack down on drug dealers in their community and two-thirds say available drug treatment programs are not accessible or affordable enough and better methods of treating addiction are needed.
Fifty-seven percent of Americans have experience with substance misuse, from taking a prescription pain reliever that was not prescribed for them to overdosing on medication. Twenty-four percent of people in the survey say they have a relative or close friend who is addicted to opioids or that they themselves are addicted.