The CDC estimates that almost two million people abused painkillers in the year 2013, and everyday seven thousand people go to the emergency room for misusing these drugs. A new Harvard School of Public Health/Boston Globe asks questions about people’s opinions of and experiences with prescription painkiller abuse. Does prescription painkiller abuse lead to further drug use? Should insurance programs cover treatment programs? What are the causes of prescription painkiller abuse?
The data was collected from April 15th – 19th, 2015 of 1,033 national adults and 810 Massachusetts residents via landline and cell phones April 7th – 16th. Explore the results and questions of the prescription painkiller abuse polls here.