How Much Does The Public Know About The Heroin And Opioid Epidemic?

Aaron Bandler,

There is a serious epidemic involving heroin and opioids in America, as deaths from both have surged over the past eight years and it doesn’t seem to be getting better. But do people really understand the full extent of the problem? surveyed 2,000 people in the country about key statistics involving the heroin and opioid epidemic and found the following:

  • With the exception of the Midwest, every other region in the country thought the northeast had the most heroin abuse, even though it is actually the Midwest that has the most heroin abuse.
  • Fifty-four percent of respondents thought that heroin deaths more than doubled between 2010 and 2014, and only 33 percent got the correct answer–heroin deaths more than tripled in that time frame.
  • Seventy-five percent of respondents correctly noted that opioid users were more common worldwide than opiate users.
  • Sixty-six percent of respondents correctly noted that heroin usage is increasing in America, but only 17 percent correctly answered that heroin is on the decline in Western and Central Europe.
  • Only 25 percent knew that 12 percent of drug arrests are related to heroin. Twenty-seven percent thought they only consisted of 8 percent of drug arrests.
  • A spokesperson for, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Daily Wire that the results of the survey were “kind of a mix.”

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    “For the most part, people weren’t wildly off in their answers,” the spokesperson said. “So I mean, I think that the most important is having the conversation to start with.”

    The spokesperson did note that it was “interesting” that the Midwest was the only region in the country to realize that the Midwest is the region that has taken the brunt of the heroin epidemic.

    “People in the Midwest I guess are kind of in the midst of it, which might why be why they have a better grasp of the numbers when it comes to deaths, but…I don’t think that we only expected people in the correct region to answer that correctly,” the spokesperson said.

    The spokesperson speculated that the lack of awareness on this is because the Midwest “sometimes can be neglected” as a result of “low population or…a lack of representation.” The regional breakdown in the survey was 25.61 percent in the southeast, 24.41 percent in the northeast, 24.16 percent in the Midwest, 16.33 percent in the west and 9.49 percent in the southwest, according to data sent to the Daily Wire.

    However, heroin use has increased among all areas of the United States, not just the Midwest, so it is clearly a nationwide problem.

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