CHARLESTON – A recent poll of likely West Virginia voters shows most blame the opioid and illegal drug epidemic as the single largest impact on the state’s economy, according to Charleston-based Orion Strategies.
“In regards to the state’s economy lagging behind the nation’s, West Virginia voters blame the opioid/drug epidemic as the single largest impact at 36 percent,” said Orion Strategies pollster Graham Godwin. “This is followed by 17 percent who cite the state’s reliance on fossil fuel industries, 14 percent blaming the state’s lack of highway infrastructure and 12 percent listing the state’s lack of a college-educated workforce.”
When asked about opioid issues in West Virginia, voters provided some key insights:
n 53 percent of voters believe the opioid/drug epidemic has gotten worse, and 34 percent believe it has remained the same. Only 5 percent believe it has improved.
n 49 percent of respondents believe that medically-assisted treatments should be given priority in dealing with opioid and heroin addiction, with 33 percent suggesting abstinence only programs.