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June 2014: Addiction and Side Effects Are Americans' Chief Concerns With Narcotic Painkillers
36 percent of Americans surveyed cite fear of addiction as a concern regarding narcotic painkillers, and 30 percent cite side effects. 78 percent of all respondents believe that addiction is linked to the use of narcotic painkillers with the Silent Generation least likely (68 percent) to agree.
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Each month, the Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll surveys 3,000 Americans to gauge
attitudes and opinions on a wide range of healthcare issues. Poll results are reported by NPR's
Scott Hensley on the health blog,
'Shots,' and on air.
"The polls let us delve into consumer attitudes about everything from flu vaccines to taxes on
sugary drinks," said Hensley, NPR health correspondent and blogger. "The results provide a powerful
and timely way to understand and explain how people view pressing health issues."
Complete survey results are posted on this page and NPR's reports on the findings are archived
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poll, which collects information about health behavior, attitudes and utilization from more than
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