As fatal overdoses rise, many Americans see drug addiction as a major problem in their community
The U.S. public’s concerns about drug addiction come amid increases in the number and rate of fatal drug overdoses across urban, suburban and rural communities.
About six-in-ten Americans support marijuana legalization
About six-in-ten Americans (61%) say the use of marijuana should be legalized, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The survey, conducted in October, finds that the share of U.S. adults who support marijuana legalization is little changed from about a year ago – when 57% favored it – but it is nearly double what it was in 2000 (31%).
Prescription drug abuse increasingly seen as a major U.S. public health problem
Americans’ concerns about prescription drug abuse have risen over the past four years, with some of largest increases coming among well-educated adults.
Nearly half of Americans have a family member or close friend who’s been addicted to drugs
It’s common for Americans to know someone with a current or past drug addiction – and it’s an experience that mostly cuts across demographic and partisan lines.
Support for marijuana legalization continues to rise
Today, 57% of U.S. adults say use of marijuana should be made legal, while 37% say it should be illegal. A decade ago, opinion was nearly the reverse.
Why Americans Support or Oppose Legalizing Marijuana
Supporters of marijuana legalization cite its perceived health benefits, or see it as no more dangerous than other drugs. To opponents, it is a dangerous drug, one that inflicts damage on people and society more generally.
6 facts about marijuana
A new Pew Research Center survey on the nation’s drug policies found a continued support for legalizing marijuana. These are six key facts on views about the issue.
63% of Republican Millennials favor marijuana legalization
Republican Millennials, however, are not as supportive of marijuana legalization as their young Democratic and Democratic-leaning counterparts.
Global Views on Morality
The Pew Research Center’s 2013 Global Attitudes survey asked 40,117 respondents in 40 countries what they thought about eight topics often discussed as moral issues. Use this interactive to explore the median responses for each question across the 40 countries.
America’s New Drug Policy Landscape
Two-thirds of Americans now say that the government should focus more on providing treatment for drug users, and 63% say states moving away from mandatory sentences for non-violent drug offenders is a good thing.