Forty-six percent of American adults have a family member or close friend who is or has been addicted to drugs.
This is an issue that cuts across all segments of society. The Pew Research Center reports that there are few differences along partisan, racial, or other demographic lines. In fact, the only notable demographic distinction is that Americans over 65 are somewhat less likely than younger adults to know someone who is or has been addicted.
While nearly half of all Americans know someone who is struggling with addiction, federal government data found that only 2.7 percent of Americans reported behavior that meets the criteria of an "illicit drug use disorder."
Pew reported that "there were 52,404 drug overdose deaths in 2015, more than triple the 16,849 that occurred in 1999." That is based upon data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A majority of overdose deaths now come from opioids.
Pew Research Center, "Nearly half of Americans have a family member or close friend who’s been addicted to drugs," October 26, 2017
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