Poll: Over 50 Percent Of New York State Residents Are Personally Affected By Opioid Crisis

April 15, 2018 - 5:34 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A new poll takes a hard look at how the opioid crisis has hit New York state.

As WCBS 880’s Cheryl Simone reported, the results from a Siena College Research Institute poll are startling.

“Over half of us are personally affected. One out of four of us know someone who’s died, and it’s abundantly clear to us here in New York that we face a very, very difficult and serious public health crisis,” said research institute director Don Levy.

That’s right – more than 50 percent of New York state residents polled are affected by the opioid crisis.

“As you walk down the street today or tomorrow, more than one out of every two people that you see has been directly by opioids,” Levy said.

A total of 82 percent of those who responded to the survey called opioids a serious problem in their immediate neighborhoods.

So what is the takeaway? Researchers say the state needs to fund prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts with a lot more urgency.