The Washington Post got an early look at a Kaiser Family Foundation survey which shows 40% of Americans know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, including 25% who say it was a close friend or family member and 2% who acknowledge their own addiction.
More from the survey:
- 16% say they know someone who has died from an overdose of prescription painkillers, including 9% who say that person was a family member or close friend.
- 56% of the public say they have some personal connection to the issue.
- Prescription painkiller abuse is most common among whites (63%) and the affluent (63% among people with incomes of $90,000 or more).