New Yorkers affected by opioid crisis increases 5 percent

New Yorkers affected by opioid crisis increases 5 percent

A new poll from the Siena College Research Institute (SCRI) found that 59 percent of New Yorkers have been affected by the opioid crisis. This is a 5 percent increase from 2018.

The poll of New York residents age 18 and older was conducted online in March.

“Seventy-eight percent of state residents, down slightly from 82 percent in 2018, say that opioid abuse is a somewhat or very serious problem in their area,” Don Levy, SCRI director, said. “And most people are touched by this epidemic. Fifty-nine percent have at least one if not several of these experiences; someone in their immediate or extended family or a co-worker has abused opioids, a friend shared with them that they had family member suffering opioid addiction or they knew someone that died due to opioid abuse,”

Compared to 2018, 65 percent of respondents said opioid abuse has gotten worse, down from 83 percent. Also, 64 percent said the stigma associated with opioid abuse has not lessened; 69 percent said doctors are more careful prescribing opioids; 57 percent said treatment for opioid addiction is easier to obtain; 70 percent said lifesaving drugs are available; 78 percent said awareness of the dangers of prescription pain medication has grown; and 62 percent believe it is not true that fewer people are dying from opioid overdoses.