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.

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

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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Source

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

Supplementary notes

Original question: In your community, how serious a problem is [ITEM]?

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