According to the Gallop poll, the stark reality that nearly half the people currently reading this article, have been personally affected to some degree by substance abuse, is astounding.
To be precise 46% of family members, friends, neighbors or perhaps coworkers have acknowledged that overall substance abuse has affected their family.
Moreover, within the affected group, 18% reported issues with drug abuse specifically, while another 18% acknowledged issues with alcohol. The remaining responders (10%), struggled with both.
Far-and-away the biggest crisis facing America today is the Opioid epidemic, which has and is devastating families all across America, with no end in sight.
In March of 2017, President Trump signed an executive order establishing the “Presidents Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.”
The administration had commissioned a task force to study ways of combating this growing scourge, which is more addictive than heroin. After 6-months the task force reported back to the President with their initial findings, which prompted the administration to officially declare the “opioid crisis a national health emergency.”
This commission studies ways to treat and address drug abuse and addiction across the country. Six months after this announcement, the president officially declared the opioid crisis a national health emergency.
The President speaking from the Oval Office said, “Last October we declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency.”
Adding this “should have been done a long time before.”
The task force has recommended to the President a battle-plan to combat the driving forces behind the epidemic by reducing the demand and over-prescription of opiates, cracking down on international and domestic drug supply chains, and helping those struggling with addiction through treatment and recovery support efforts.
The President briefly outlined his proposal stating, “Since then, we’ve worked with Congress to ensure at least six billion additional dollars, going through right now, in new funding in 2018 and 2019 to combat the opioid crisis.”
Adding, “And we will be spending the most money ever on the opioid crisis.”
The White House thus far committed over $1.8 billion dollars to states across the country, to help fight the drug war, and hopefully continue reducing the number of overdose deaths, which saw a decline last year for the first time in nearly three decades.
The Gallop poll was based on combining data from 2018 and 2019 from Gallup’s Annual Consumption Habits Poll, which was conducted in July.
The combined polls show that 36% of Americans have troubles within their families because of alcohol abuse, while 28% have families have issues with drug abuse.
Moreover, the one surprise within the polls was the lifetime question asking Americans if drinking or drug abuse has ever been a problem in their family. The expected response would have suggested that abusing drugs or alcohol would increase because of age, however to our surprise that was not the case.
Adults under 55-years of age (31%), had a higher percentage of abusing drugs and alcohol, than of those 55 and older (24%) who said there has never been a problem with drug abuse in their family.
Women are slightly more likely than men to report family problems with drugs, while adults without a college degree (39%) are more likely than those with a degree (32%) to report family drinking problems.
Those who rarely or never attend a worship service report higher rates of family problems with drinking and drugs than those who go weekly.