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Friday, November 15, 2013

New Survey Indicates Prescription Drug Failure

The fight against prescription drug abuse has not been successful and a new telephonic survey shows that the public feels the same way. The Pew Research Center interviewed a national sample of 2,003 adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The results of the survey showed that only 16 percent of Americans think progress is being made on prescription drug abuse. On top of that, only 19 percent see progress with mental illness. Only 17 percent see improvement with alcohol abuse.

The survey asked other questions as well, many Americans believe we are losing the fight:
  • 35 percent with mental illness.
  • 37 percent with prescription drug abuse.
  • 23 percent with alcohol.
  • 13 percent with tobacco.
However, 45 percent of adults see progress with tobacco. 54 percent say the nation is making progress on cancer. 58 percent say the alcohol problem is staying about the same.

The battle against substance abuse and mental illness has always been an uphill battle, to say the least. The number from the aforementioned survey, make it clear, that we are not doing enough to combat problems that take thousands of lives every year.

Source: DrugFree.org

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