“One in five: That’s the startling number of Americans who say they have a family member who’s been addicted to prescription painkillers, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey published on Tuesday.
Beyond families, more than four in 10 Americans said they personally know someone who’s been addicted to the drugs. The survey was conducted in April, reaching more than 1,200 adults.
These are troubling statistics, showing that the opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic has personally affected nearly half of all Americans.
What’s more, Americans reported widespread agreement that it remains very difficult to access drug treatment. According to the Kaiser poll, 75 percent of respondents said “lack of access to care for people with substance abuse issues” is a problem, and 58 percent said it’s a major problem.”
See press release available at: http://kff.org/health-reform/press-release/most-americans-say-federal-and-state-governments-are-not-doing-enough-to-combat-prescription-painkiller-and-heroin-abuse-large-majorities-believe-wide-range-of-strategies-would-be-effective/