2018 Nebraska Rural Poll Data Shows Rising Concern for Opioid Issue

September 7, 2018 - 3:34pm

Data released from the 2018 Nebraska Rural Poll shows 46 percent of people living in or near larger communities in rural Nebraska believe the problem of prescription painkiller abuse has gotten worse in the last 5 years. Only around 20 percent of persons living in smaller communities say the problem has grown.

The Nebraska Rural Poll is an annual effort taken to better understand the perceptions held by those living in rural parts of our state. Nearly 1,700 responses were given to questions related to social issues in their communities for the 2018 poll.

Nebraska Rural Poll survey research manager Becky Vogt says other results from the polls caused concern as well.

“When we did ask if they, or someone they know, had been personally affected by the abuse of prescription pain killers, we found that just over one quarter of the total rural, non-metropolitan population answered that they did. That they or someone they know had been personally affected by the abuse of prescription pain killers,” Vogt said.

More results from the survey can be found at the Nebraska Rural Poll website.  

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