WNYC/Harris Poll: Addiction Nation, Understanding America’s Opioid Crisis

| Published by The Takeaway |

Some 77 million Americans are personally affected in some way by the opioid epidemic, and at least 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. During this special episode, The Takeaway dives deep into the crisis. Here’s what you’ll find:

  • An estimated 50 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain, and as doctors struggle to figure out how to treat it, the opioid epidemic has grown in its wake. Keith Wailoo, an expert on pain and author of “Pain: A Political History,” explains.

From September 26-28, 2017, The Takeaway and The Harris Poll surveyed 2,261 U.S. adults ages 18 and older to gain insight into the American opioid epidemic. Here’s what we found:

  • Nearly half of Americans report to have taken prescription-based opioids, and about 1 in 3 Americans (31 percent) has personally experienced opioid dependency or abuse, whether it be themselves, a friend or family member who has or is currently struggling.
  • About 77 million Americans are personally affected in some way by the opioid epidemic.
  • About 1 in 10 Americans (9 percent) knows someone who has died as a result of opioid addiction.

Read more and listen at WNYC’s The Takeaway