Americans Concern of Drug Addiction Declines, Study Suggests

Drug addiction continues to be a major public health problem. The consequences of drug addiction can be catastrophic. Rates of fatal overdose deaths have risen in the United States. From 2017 to 2020, drug overdose deaths increased from 70,000 to 92,000.1

Despite the record number of overdose deaths and a drug epidemic, research shows that Americans’ concern over drug addiction has declined.1 A research study conducted by the Pew Research Center sheds light on the trending decline in concern for drug addiction and provides insight as to why this is happening.

Fewer Americans Say Drugs Are a Major Problem

The Pew Research Center has surveyed many Americans regarding their concern over drug addiction in the United States. Surprisingly, the number of United States citizens who identified drug addiction as a major problem dropped by 7% from 2018 to 2021.1 In 2018, 42% of citizens identified drug addiction as a significant problem, whereas only 35% of those surveyed in 2021 did. 1

Even more surprising is that in 2022, a separate survey revealed that, among the 18 priorities listed for the federal government to address, drug addiction ranked the lowest on the priority list.1 This is interesting data considering that overdose rates have not decreased during that time in many areas. Why do so many Americans feel drug addiction is no longer a top concern? Research suggests that other concerns are taking priority.

What Are Americans Concerned About?

Given the recent political divide, economic changes, and a global pandemic, it is not surprising that many people today are concerned and feeling stressed. These stressors have influenced the way people prioritize concerns. A Pew survey confirmed that other priorities have taken precedence over drug addiction.

The following concerns are the top-ranked concerns for Americans today:2

  • Improving the economy
  • Decreasing the cost of healthcare
  • Adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Strengthening the education system
  • Fortifying Social Security benefits
  • Reducing the political divide

Substance Misuse in Miami

Drug use is a problem across the country. The recent fentanyl epidemic has proven to be deadly in the Miami area. Deaths, as a result of cocaine use, have increased due to the fact that cocaine is often laced with fentanyl and its accessibility from Columbia. There is also a significant increase in opioid-related deaths as a result of counterfeit pills and heroin cut with fentanyl. 

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