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Percentage of U.S. adults who believed a person addicted to opioids had this problem for select reasons as of 2018

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Perceptions of opioid addiction as a disease or character flaw in the U.S. as of 2018 This graph shows the percentage of U.S. adults who believed a person addicted to opioids had this problem for select reasons as of 2018. In that year, 53 percent of the respondents stated that they believed it was extremely or very likely that an opioid addicted person is experiencing a medical problem that requires treatment.
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This graph shows the percentage of U.S. adults who believed a person addicted to opioids had this problem for select reasons as of 2018. In that year, 53 percent of the respondents stated that they believed it was extremely or very likely that an opioid addicted person is experiencing a medical problem that requires treatment.
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Release date
2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
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: I would like you to imagine a person who often takes opioid pills without a prescription. The person experiences cravings for pills and will sometimes feel sick if they go too long without taking them. The person is aware that their use of opioids is interfering with their life but has been unable to stop. How likely do you think it is that the person is [ITEM]?

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