A recent poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research makes it clear that not many Americans believe that their local leaders and law enforcement are doing enough to prevent substance abuse and addiction.
The AP-NORC poll used AmeriSpeak to survey 1,042 American adults. AmeriSpeak is a scientifically rigorous, panel-based research platform that is specifically designed to provide survey results that are representative of the U.S. population.
Survey Says: Prosecution for Drug Dealers, Treatment Options for Addicts
While many survey respondents said that they want law enforcement to get tougher on drug dealers, they also believe that people who are addicted to drugs need treatment rather than punishment. At this time, a majority of poll respondents indicated, not enough is being done to help drug abusers get treatment for their addictions.
The survey results make a lot of sense in the context of a drug abuse problem that has become a nightmare for communities throughout New Jersey, New York and the rest of the U.S. And drug addiction and abuse are not just limited to illegal narcotics like marijuana, cocaine and heroin; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently indicated that prescription drug abuse is a full-blown “epidemic” in the United States, with the annual number of prescription drug overdose deaths now at an all-time high.
The drug abuse problem has really hit home for many Americans. More than 40 percent of survey respondents said that they know someone, either a relative or a close friend, who has struggled with substance abuse issues.
For additional information, read the Yahoo.com article, “AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans See Drugs as a Big Problem.”
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