Nearly Half of All Millennials Know Someone Affected By Opioids

Nearly Half of All Millennials Know Someone Affected By Opioids

Approximately 42 percent of millennials reportedly know someone dealing with an addiction to opioids personally according to a recent NBC News/GenForward poll.

And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more millennials are dying from substance use disorders, including opioid overdoses, than 50-plus-year-olds.

Taking all races into account, the poll found that 17 percent have someone in their immediate family impacted by the opioid epidemic, and 25 percent know someone outside of their immediate family.

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White men and women dominated the poll. At 54 percent, they average roughly double the number of African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos who know someone who has had to deal with opioid addiction.

Approximately 30 percent of African-American millennials know someone dealing with an addiction to opioids, Asian-American millennials at 26 percent and Latino millennials at 23 percent.

Thirty-two percent of white millennials know someone outside of their immediate family and 22 percent know someone in their immediate family who has struggled (not shown in the graphic).

The vast majorities of African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Latinos don’t know anyone who’s been directly affected by the opioid epidemic.

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Among white millennials, more white women than white men – 57 percent compared to 51 percent – said they know someone dealing with an addiction to opioids.

The percentages for women vs. men among the other races are the opposite – more men than women.

African American men were at 30 percent, while women were very slightly fewer at 29 percent. Latino men were at 24 percent compared to 22 percent for women, and Asian American men were 32 percent compared to 20 percent for women.

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There were also some differences by region.

Millennials living in the Northeast part of the country, at 49 percent, are the most likely to say they know someone dealing with an addiction to opioids than millennials living in any other part of the United States.

While Midwesterners numbered 43 percent, those in the West and South were about the same at 40 percent and 39 percent respectively.

Political differences

There were even some differences between Republicans vs. Democrats. Millennials who identify as Republican or Republican-leaning, numbering 48 percent, are more likely to know someone dealing with an addiction to opioids than Democrats. And Republican women took the lead; half of them say they know someone dealing with an addiction to opioids.

The Dems and Democrat-leaners, at just 42 percent, weren’t far behind. And finally, Independents, at 37 percent, were the least likely to know someone who’s dealt with opioid addiction.

A note on millennials

Millennials are the generation of Americans born roughly from the early 1980s to the late 1990s or early 2000s. The beginning and ending dates of the millennial generation aren’t universally agreed on by social scientists. Suffice it to say that millennials have been called “echo boomers” because millennials are often the children of the “baby boomers” and comprised a major surge in birth rates in the 1980s and 1990s. Their parents, the boomers, were born roughly from the mid-‘40s to the early ‘60s.

So here’s why the so-called millennial generation matters to us: Millennials were coming into their teens and early 20s around the same time that prescription painkillers like OxyContin began to flood the drug landscape – mid 1990s to early 2000s. That flood immediately began to take lives or ruin them, and it continues to do so. And it ranges across all ages and lifestyles.

Here at Novus, it doesn’t matter what generation you identify with. We help adults of all ages achieve their sky-high goals of getting their lives back, drug and alcohol-free. If you or someone you care for needs some help with any kind of substance use disorder, don’t hesitate to give Novus a call at (855) 464-8550.

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