U.S. adults who blame certain sources for the U.S. opioid epidemic as of 2017

Percentage of adults in the U.S. who blamed select sources for the opioid problem in the U.S. as of 2017

U.S. adults who blame certain sources for the U.S. opioid epidemic as of 2017 This statistic displays the percentage of U.S. adults who blamed select sources for the opioid problem in the United States as of 2017. According to the survey, 66 percent of survey respondents indicated that they blamed the opioid problems in the U.S. on patients demanding prescriptions to ease their pain. 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.
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Percentage of adults in the U.S. who blamed select sources for the opioid problem in the U.S. as of 2017

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Percentage of respondents
Drug dealers selling opioid products79%
People without prescriptions acquiring otherwise legal prescription medication75%
Doctors overprescribing painkillers to patients76%
Pharamceutical industry encouraging doctors to prescribe opioids72%
Patients demanding prescriptions to ease their pain66%
The economic crisis of 200830%
Percentage of respondents
Drug dealers selling opioid products79%
People without prescriptions acquiring otherwise legal prescription medication75%
Doctors overprescribing painkillers to patients76%
Pharamceutical industry encouraging doctors to prescribe opioids72%
Patients demanding prescriptions to ease their pain66%
The economic crisis of 200830%
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This statistic displays the percentage of U.S. adults who blamed select sources for the opioid problem in the United States as of 2017. According to the survey, 66 percent of survey respondents indicated that they blamed the opioid problems in the U.S. on patients demanding prescriptions to ease their pain. 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.
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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 much do you blame each of the following for the opioid problem?
Note: Those respondents who blamed each source "a lot" or "some".
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