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Massachusetts Opinion Poll: The Opioid Crisis and Narcan in the Workplace

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7 in 10 Massachusetts residents believe Narcan should be widely available in workplaces, similar to automated external defibrillators.

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Massachusetts Opinion Poll: The Opioid Crisis and Narcan in the Workplace

  1. 1. ATTITUDES AND EXPERIENCES RELATED TO THE OPIOID CRISIS S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 Prepared by Anderson Robbins Research
  2. 2. Telephone survey conducted by trained professional interviews from a central, monitored location; respondents were interviewed on cell phones and landlines 507 Massachusetts adults randomly selected for inclusion September 5-13, 2018 Slight weights were applied to ensure the sample accurately reflects the demographic profile of the Massachusetts population ±4 at the 95% confidence level for the entire sample; the margin of error for subgroups is higher Some data may not add to 100% due to rounding Survey commissioned by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and conducted by Anderson Robbins About the survey MODE SAMPLE INTERVIEWING DATES WEIGHTS MARGIN OF ERROR NOTE SOURCE
  3. 3. Massachusetts residents remain optimistic about the direction of the state Q1: Do you feel things in Massachusetts are generally heading in the right direction, or do you feel things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track? Right Direction Wrong Track 50% 38% 44% 49% 40% 53% 31% 61% 25% 67% 28% 64% 26% 58% Mar 2011 Jan 2012 Jan 2014 Jan 2015 Jan 2016 Jan 2018 Sept 2018 Note: Remainder Not Sure / Refused
  4. 4. 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Half of residents think the opioid epidemic is getting worse Nothing Changing Getting WorseGetting Better 12% 26% 49% 9% 36% 47% January 2018 September 2018 Note: Remainder Not Sure / Refused Q2: Do you think that the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts is [ROTATE: getting worse, getting better] or nothing is really changing?
  5. 5. 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% A majority knows someone who has been addicted to opioids; four-in-ten know someone who has overdosed January 2018September 2018 52% 56% 43% 45% Know someone who has overdosed on opioids Know someone who has been addicted to opioids % YES Q3: Do you know anyone personally who has been addicted to opioids? AND Q4: Do you know anyone who has overdosed on opioids?
  6. 6. 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Nearly two-thirds of those under age 35 know someone who has been addicted to opioids Q3: Do you know anyone personally who has been addicted to opioids? 52% Overall 51% 53% Men Women 40% Age 65+ 47% 55-64 56% 35-54 65% Under age 35
  7. 7. 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% A majority of residents are not aware that naloxone is available without a prescription Q5: As far as you know, is a doctor’s prescription necessary to purchase the overdose reversal drug naloxone at a pharmacy? Note: Remainder Depends (Not sure / Refused) 41% 21% Yes, prescription is required Know someone addicted: 41% Do not know someone addicted: 30% 36% No, prescription is not required
  8. 8. 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Over half of residents are confident that they could administer reversal drugs properly Q6: If you were in a situation where someone was overdosing and you had the overdose reversal drug, what is your confidence level that you could administer the reversal drug properly? Are you… Note: Remainder Not Sure / Refused Total Confident: 56% Know someone addicted: 69% Do not know someone addicted: 42% Total Not Confident: 39% Not very confident 14% Not confident at all 25% 33% Very confident 23% Somewhat confident
  9. 9. 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Large majority believes naloxone should be made widely available in workplaces Q7: Would you favor or oppose making the overdose reversal drug naloxone widely available in workplaces, similar to heart defibrillators? Note: Remainder Depends / Not Sure / Refused Total Favor: 70% Total Oppose: 18% Somewhat oppose 7% Strongly oppose 11% 48% Strongly favor 22% Somewhat favor

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