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.

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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Source

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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