Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll Finds Over Three Quarters of Americans Believe There Is a Link Between Drug Addiction and Narcotic Painkillers

More Than a Third of Previous Users Said Addiction Is Their Primary Concern

ANN ARBOR, Mich. & WASHINGTON--()--Over three quarters of Americans believe there is a link between drug addiction and narcotic painkillers, according to the Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll.

Truven Health Analytics™ and NPR conduct a monthly poll to gauge attitudes and opinions on a wide range of health issues.

The survey asked respondents to share their views on the risks and use of narcotic painkillers. The results showed that 78 percent of Americans believe there is a correlation between the utilization of such painkillers and drug addition, an opinion that was found more frequently with ascending level of education. More than half (54 percent) of Americans said they had previously taken a narcotic painkiller, and 36 percent of those respondents had concerns about doing so.

When asked about their most significant concern when it comes to narcotic painkiller use, respondents most frequently cited the risk of addiction (36.2 percent). Side effects (30 percent) and long-term impact on the user’s health (14.3 percent) were the next highest concerns, followed by association with drug abuse (8.5 percent), and effectiveness (4.9).

“The medical costs associated with the growing misuse of opioid analgesics in the U.S. are estimated by the CDC to be in excess of $72 billion annually,” said Michael Taylor, M.D., chief medical officer at Truven Health Analytics. “Addiction is a serious public health and economic issue, and the continued investment in educating the public of these drugs’ properties could result in thousands of saved lives and reduced demand for healthcare services, as well as improved workplace performance and lower costs to the criminal court system.”

To date, the Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll has explored numerous health topics, including generic drugs, abortion, vaccines, food allergies, and organic and genetically modified foods. NPR's reports on the surveys are archived online at the Shots health blog here.

Truven Health Analytics maintains a library of poll results here.

The Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll is powered by the Truven Health PULSE® Healthcare Survey, the nation’s largest and longest-running independently funded, nationally representative multi-modal poll that collects information about health-related behaviors and attitudes and healthcare utilization from 82,000 US households annually. Survey questions are developed in conjunction with NPR. The figures in this month's poll are based on 3,010 participants interviewed from May 1-15, 2014. The margin of error is 1.8 percent.

About Truven Health Analytics

At Truven Health Analytics we are dedicated to delivering the answers our clients need to improve healthcare quality and reduce costs. We are a healthcare analytics company with robust, widely-respected data assets and advanced analytic expertise that have served the global healthcare industry for more than 30 years. These combine with our unique perspective from across the entire healthcare industry to give hospitals, clinicians, employers, health plans, government agencies, life sciences researchers, and policymakers the confidence they need to make the right decisions, right now, every time. With our healthcare-specific expertise and tools for managing complex and disparate data, we understand how to implement and integrate tailored analytics that drive improvement.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as Micromedex, ActionOI, 100 Top Hospitals, MarketScan, and Advantage Suite. Truven has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; and Denver. For more information, please visit http://truvenhealth.com.

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Contacts

For Truven Health Analytics
J. Roderick, Inc. Public Relations
Brian Erni
631-584-2200 / 631-495-7006
brian@jroderick.com
or
NPR
Anna Christopher
202-513-2304 / 202-680-3848
Director, Media
achristopher@npr.org

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Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll Finds Over Three Quarters of Americans Believe There Is a Link Between Drug Addiction and Narcotic Painkillers

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Contacts

For Truven Health Analytics
J. Roderick, Inc. Public Relations
Brian Erni
631-584-2200 / 631-495-7006
brian@jroderick.com
or
NPR
Anna Christopher
202-513-2304 / 202-680-3848
Director, Media
achristopher@npr.org