A recent poll conducted by The Washington Post in conjunction with the University of Maryland found that 3 in 10 Marylanders has a friend or family member addicted to opioids. As reported in The Washington Post:
Connections to addiction are especially strong in Baltimore City and County, where 40 percent and 37 percent of respondents, respectively, say they know an addict. Thirty-four percent in Anne Arundel and Howard counties say the same, as do 35 percent in rural parts of the state.
In the Washington suburbs of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Maryland’s largest jurisdictions, the problem appears to be less prevalent. Sixteen percent and 11 percent, respectively, say they know someone who is or was hooked on opioids.
Fifty-two percent of Marylanders who know an addict say the state spends too little on treatment, compared with 38 percent of those who do not know one. In terms of law enforcement, 49 percent of Marylanders with a personal connection say too little is being done, compared with 40 percent of those without a personal connection.
Overall, a plurality of Marylanders favor devoting more money to combat heroin, but support is not overwhelming. Just more than 4 in 10 say the state spends too little providing treatment, and a similar number say too little is spent on enforcing laws against buying and selling heroin. About 3 in 10 say Maryland spends the right amount or too much on heroin enforcement and treatment, while a quarter report no opinion on the issue.