Study finds Americans more likely to see opioid crisis nationally than locally

The Guardian – Most Americans are blind to the opioid epidemic in their own backyards, a study shows, despite predictions the crisis could claim more than half a million lives in the US by 2027.

Americans are three times more likely to be aware of a national drug epidemic than to recognize addiction in their own communities, according to a survey by Laguna treatment hospital in Aliso Viejo, California.

It found only 13% of those questioned from the southern US and 10% of those from the north-eastern US felt “drugs posed a crisis in their own communities”. However, north-eastern states like Vermont and Pennsylvania and southern states like West Virginia and Kentucky represent communities hardest hit by the opioid epidemic.

View the original study, "Perceptions of Addiction," at the website for the Laguna Treatment Hospital.

Read more at The Guardian.

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