Russians tend to consider addiction a real disease, has found out VTSIOM

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More than half of Russians (52%) noted the increase in the proportion of drug addicts in recent years, the Russians tend to think of addiction rather than public, but a real disease that needs treatment, it follows from the results of a survey of the all-Russia centre of studying of public opinion (VTSIOM).

Sociologists have concluded that public opinion over the last few years has changed from a category social problem of drug abuse moved into the medical sphere.

«So, 45% of our citizens today characterize drug addiction as a disease requiring treatment (in 2014 this opinion agree 31%)», — stated in the materials of the survey, which is available to RIA Novosti.

However, according to the polls, much less today drug addiction referred to as «social diseases» (28% vs. 37% in 2014). During this time, from 28% to 21% decreased the percentage of those Russians who think drug addicts are dangerous people who should be isolated from society. As three years earlier, 3% of respondents mentioned drug use is a personal matter, noting that he does not condemn such people.

«According to estimates, every second (52%), in recent years addicted to drugs has become more about reducing the number of drug addicts said only 18%», — reported in polls.

Another 13% believe that the share of drug addicts has not changed over the years, and 17% of respondents found it difficult to assess the situation. That among their friends and acquaintances, there are people who used drugs, reported 12% of survey participants.

Company «Medialogia», conducted monitoring of publications in the Russian media over the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016, has recorded more than 5 thousand posts on the topic of «addiction» on television and in the press. The «peak» of references falls on 2012 (1.3 thousand). The study was conducted by «Medialogia» on their own media-including some 41.2 thousand sources.

A nationwide survey «polls-Sputnik» was held on 20-21 June of 1.2 thousand respondents aged from 18 years. Survey method — telephone interviews, the statistical error does not exceed 3.5%.