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Poll: Americans See Drug Addiction as Disease

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by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press

A slim majority of Americans see prescription drug addiction as a disease that requires medical treatment, but most would not welcome those suffering from the problem into their neighborhoods, workplaces or families.

New survey results reveal Americans’ complex view of addiction as the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history ripples through communities nationwide. More than 1 in 10 Americans say they have had a relative or close friend die from an opioid overdose, according to a recent survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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