Question of the Day – Wednesday January 10, 2018

Question: Who does the American public blame as primarily responsible for the opioid abuse epidemic?

Answer: The cited article notes “Asked who is mainly responsible for the growing problem, the public placed the most blame on doctors who inappropriately pre- scribe painkillers (33%) and people who sell prescription painkillers illegally (28%). Only 10% believe that people who take prescription painkillers are mainly responsible.” (Blendon RJ and Benson JM. The public and the opioid-abuse epidemic. 2018 NEJM 378:1-5)