Half of Americans know someone with substance abuse problems, reveals study.
Have you ever found out that you’re mutual friends with someone from across the globe? The six degrees of separation theory suggests that wherever we are, we’re each just six social elbow bumps away from any other human being.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 19.7 million adults in the US struggled with a substance use disorder in 2017, which is around one-fifth of the country’s population. Given that we’re only six social introductions away from one another, it’s likely we’re similarly acquainted with connections who have a substance abuse problem. RecoveryFirst.org conducted a survey of 3,000 Americans to find out the link between our social connections and drug abuse.
Nearly half (47%) also say they are concerned that the economic downturn caused by the pandemic will result in increased drug and alcohol use in their community. This likely explains why 48% believe more money should be allocated to substance use treatment and prevention across America.