Percentage of adults in the U.S. who felt select substances were a serious problem in their community in 2016 and 2018

Seriousness of select substance abuse problems in the U.S. 2016-2018 This graph shows the percentage of adults in the U.S. who felt select substances were a serious problem in their community in 2016 and 2018. In 2018, the percentage of respondents who perceived prescription pain relievers as a serious problem was 43 percent whereas the share of respondents who perceived the same for marijuana remained at 26 percent.
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20162018
Prescription pain relievers such as Oxycontin, Percocet, or Vicodin33%43%
Other drugs such as cocaine or methamphetamines37%42%
Heroin use32%37%
Alcohol use36%34%
Marijuana use26%26%
20162018
Prescription pain relievers such as Oxycontin, Percocet, or Vicodin33%43%
Other drugs such as cocaine or methamphetamines37%42%
Heroin use32%37%
Alcohol use36%34%
Marijuana use26%26%
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This graph shows the percentage of adults in the U.S. who felt select substances were a serious problem in their community in 2016 and 2018. In 2018, the percentage of respondents who perceived prescription pain relievers as a serious problem was 43 percent whereas the share of respondents who perceived the same for marijuana remained at 26 percent.
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Release date
2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016 and March 14 to 19, 2018
Number of respondents
1,054 respondents
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interviews and online survey
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Original question: In your community, how serious a problem is [ITEM]?
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