USA: Nearly Half of all Americans Know Someone Impacted by Addiction

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46 Percent Know Someone Impacted by Drug Addiction

By Scott Rasmussen Friday, 12 Jan 2018

Forty-six percent of American adults have a family member or close friend who is or has been addicted to drugs.[1]

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.”

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