More Than Half of Americans Say They Have Personal Connection to Painkiller Abuse

A new poll finds that 56 percent of Americans say they or someone they know has abused, been addicted to or died from prescription painkillers. Almost half say they personally know someone who has taken a prescription painkiller that was not prescribed to them.

The Kaiser Family Foundation poll found 39 percent of Americans say they know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, including 2 percent who say they personally have been addicted, and 25 percent who say a close friend or family member has been addicted.

The poll found 16 percent say they know someone who has died from a prescription painkiller overdose, including 9 percent who said the person was a family member or close friend.

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Will Savage

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