Thursday, June 9, 2016

20% Have a Family Member Addicted to Prescription Painkillers

Kaiser Family Foundation recently conducted a poll regarding public perspective on prescription painkiller addiction. Here are some key findings from the report:

·         2 in 3 Americans believe the federal government is not doing enough to address the opiod epidemic.

·         44% say they personally know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers.

·         1 in 5 have a family member who has been addicted to prescription painkillers.

·         More than half say prescribing doctors aren't doing enough to combat the addiciton increase.

·         Just over 1 in 3 say police officers are not doing enough to combat painkiller abuse and heroin abuse.

·         88% say increasing pain management training for doctors is an effective policy action.

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, May 3, 2016

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