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Opinions on the seriousness of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. as of 2017, by age

This statistic displays the percentage of U.S. adults who thought the opioid epidemic was a serious problem as of 2017, by age. According to the survey, 60 percent of survey respondents aged 65 years and older indicated that the opioid epidemic was very serious. Opioids are a substance that act on opioid receptors in the brain and are primarily used as a pain relieving drug. Opioids are highly addictive and can cause fatal overdose when used outside of medicinal practices.

Percentage of adults in the U.S. who thought the opioid epidemic was a serious problem as of 2017, by age

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Release date

November 2017

Region

United States

Survey time period

October 29 to 31, 2017

Number of respondents

1,500 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online interview

Supplementary notes

Original Question: How serious is the opioid epidemic in the United States?

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