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PRC National Health Survey finds over a third of US adults have been negatively impacted by substance abuse

Organization releases brief centered around substance abuse, exploring the prevalence of alcohol and illicit drug use, prescription opioids, and their impact on people’s lives.

OMAHA, Neb., October 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/

PRC, a leader in the healthcare intelligence space, announced findings from their National Health Survey centered around the prevalence of substance abuse in America.

Findings were shared in the form of a downloadable brief, titled “Substance Abuse: Findings from the PRC National Health Survey,” that is available as a PDF on PRC’s online Insights page, and divided into sections centered around alcohol use, illicit drug use, prescription opioids, and their impact on people’s lives.

“The numbers don’t lie, substance abuse affects millions of households across the country,” said Jana Distefano, MPH, PRC’s Director, Community Health. “Understanding the extent to which substance abuse impacts your community is vital for hospitals and public health organizations to tailor their initiatives and provide the programs necessary to support.”

Highlights from the brief include:

  • Over a third of US adults (35.8%) cite substance abuse—either their own or that of a loved one—to negatively affect their life, increasing to over half (59.4%) among those who use opioid drugs
  • 27.2% of US adults report excessive drinking habits within the past 30 days of being surveyed
  • Nearly 13% (12.9%) of US adults cite using a prescription opioid drug at some time in the past year

PRC uses the findings from their National Health Survey as benchmarks when conducting Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) research. The organization estimates that they’ve surveyed over a third of all US households in their CHNA research.

In August 2021, PRC announced an expansion to their Community Health division with a behavioral health program, PRC Community Pathways. The organization will use their National Health Survey’s substance abuse findings, along with their mental health research, to guide the program and uncover actionable insights for organizations surrounding behavioral health risks and indicators in their community.

Download “Substance Abuse: Findings from the PRC National Health Survey” here, and visit the PRC Community Pathways page for more information about the program.

About PRC

PRC, a leader in the healthcare intelligence space with the most comprehensive healthcare discovery platform, is taking surveys to a new level. PRC’s solutions and intuitive reporting focus on changing the way organizations manage and improve five key areas of the healthcare experience—patient, physician, employee, community, and brand. Over 2,800 healthcare organizations across the United States have used PRC to listen, understand, and take action to create cultures of excellence. To ensure clients have access to leading practices, coaches, and learning resources, PRC is partnered with Healthcare Experience Foundation (HXF) to accelerate paths to excellence. The PRC healthcare discovery platform is a system designed to drive action, optimize engagement, and increase loyalty while building a positive culture across the healthcare ecosystem. www.PRCCustomResearch.com

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