“Heroin addiction has joined perennial topics like the economy and foreign policy as a mainstay of the campaign trail this year — in large part because New Hampshire, one of the states hardest hit by opioid abuse, is a key destination during presidential primary season.
But the problem is being felt nationwide. In a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, 49 percent of respondents say heroin use is a very serious national problem, and 87 percent say it’s at least a somewhat serious problem. They perceive the issue to be nearly as troubling as gun violence, even if it’s not a top personal concern for most of them.
More than one-third of respondents know someone who’s been addicted to heroin or another opiate.
There’s relatively little difference across racial lines. Though black Americans are more likely than white Americans to describe heroin use as a serious issue, members of both races are about equally likely to know an addict or to consider their community especially hard-hit.
Source: HuffingtonPost.com – February 3, 2016