Nearly one in three people know someone addicted to opioids: APA poll

A new national poll released by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) reveals that nearly a third of Americans say they know someone who is or has been addicted to opioid or prescription analgesics. The poll also found a growing percent of Americans say it would be easy for someone to access opioids for illicit purposes (46% in 2018 vs.

A new national poll released by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) reveals that nearly a third of Americans say they know someone who is or has been addicted to opioid or prescription analgesics. The poll also found a growing percent of Americans say it would be easy for someone to access opioids for illicit purposes (46% in 2018 vs. 39% in 2017). People who misuse opioid analgesics often obtain them from a family member or friend who has a prescription. Millennials (52%) are more likely to believe it is easy to get opioids than Baby Boomers (41%). The poll also indicates that more Americans believe people can recover from an opioid addiction. Four in five Americans believe people can recover, up from 73% in 2017. Three-quarters of U.S. adults (74%) say they "understand how someone accidentally gets addicted to opioids," up from 69% in 2017. Americans strongly favor improving access to treatment (62%) over imposing stricter punishments and enforcement (26%).