In a brand-new poll conducted on behalf of CBS News, Americans responded with their opinions about the continuing public health crisis of opioid addiction and overdose. Here’s a snapshot about what they said:
- 71% feel that opioid addiction is a “very serious” problem facing this country.
- 45% of Americans personally know someone who has struggled with opioid addiction.
- That breaks down to 48% of Whites and 34% of Blacks.
- Geographic location matters – 52% of rural Americans, 45% of people who live in the suburbs, and 38% of city dwellers know someone with an opioid addiction.
- 20% have an opioid addict in their immediate family.
- An overwhelming majority – 80% of respondents – believe that the federal government should do more to address the problem.
Who Is to Blame for the Opioid Crisis?
When asked to assign blame for the opioid epidemic, respondent said:
- The opioid addicts themselves – 28%
- Big Pharma manufacturers – 23%
- Problem prescribers – 19%
- Dealers and gangs – 16%
Is There Still a Stigma Associated with Addiction?
The fact that most Americans surveyed blame the person with the addiction shows how far public opinion and attitudes still have to go.
Even though medical science recognizes Substance Use Disorders as legitimate health conditions and even though there are dozens of lawsuits against drug manufacturers for their role in the opioid epidemic, the general public insists on pointing the primary finger at the people streaking with this devastating disease.
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