Opioid Dependence Survey Fact Sheet


U.S. General Population and Primary Care Doctor


Opioid dependence (OD; addiction) is more common than many people realize and can happen to anyone – affecting men and women of all ages, races, ethnic groups, income and educational levels.[1] The chronic medical condition, also known as prescription painkiller and heroin addiction, has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and represents a rapidly growing medical problem and public health concern. Despite the ever-growing numbers of individuals living with OD and significant media coverage, a national survey conducted online by Harris Interactive for Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals* reveals that both U.S. adults (ages 26-49) and doctors (who are not Drug Addiction Treatment Act [DATA] 2000 certified) harbor a variety of misperceptions and stereotypes about OD that may impact the way the disease – and those living with it – are treated.


FACT: OD Is a Major Public Health Issue That Affects Approximately Two Million Americans and Costs the US $ 193 Billion Per Year[2]

  • 68% of adults and 87% of doctors are aware millions of Americans are affected by opioid dependence
  • 76% of adults and 96% of doctors are aware painkiller misuse/abuse poses a significant burden on the U.S. healthcare system
  • Yet 67% of adults and 35% of doctors say they do not know much about opioid dependence
  • 44% of adults and 92% of doctors associate OD with addiction to prescription painkillers, and 55% of adults and 69% of doctors associate OD with addiction to heroin. Of note, 11% of adults and 3% of doctors believe OD refers to addiction of any kind of drug
  • 87% of
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