“Prescription-painkiller abuse, an issue that has become prominent on the presidential campaign trail, is also a personal issue to more than half of Americans, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll.
Nine percent say a family member or close friend has died of an overdose, and 27 percent say either they or someone close to them has been addicted to painkillers. In all, 56 percent of those surveyed had a personal connection to the issue, and whites are more likely than blacks or Hispanics to have a personal connection, Kaiser’s November tracking poll found.”
See related article from the Wall Street Journal – Why Painkiller Addiction and Abuse Are Rising Health-Care Priorities available at: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2015/11/24/why-painkiller-addiction-and-abuse-are-rising-health-care-priorities/
The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll can be accessed at: http://kff.org/health-reform/poll-finding/kaiser-health-tracking-poll-november-2015/
Source: NationalJournal.com – November 24, 2015