A new Pew survey revealed that nearly half of American adults have a close friend or family member who is or has been addicted to drugs. The survey was conducted in August of 2017 and showed that 46 percent of those questioned knew someone who had addiction troubles. There were no relevant statistical differences with regards to gender, political affiliation or race.
These findings are representative of a nation in the midst of a massive drug addiction crisis. According to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2016 there were 7.4 million Americans over the age of 12 that reported drug use habits within the previous year that met the criteria for an illicit drug use disorder. These criteria included unsuccessful attempts to cut down on use or continuing the habit despite physical health or emotional problems associated with use.