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Twitter chat: Americans are pessimistic about the opioid crisis. What does that mean for a solution?

A recent PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed that Americans consider opioid addiction a “serious and growing” problem. And they don’t foresee the crisis improving without intervention.

The poll, released in partnership with the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, also showed Americans are largely split on who is to blame for the epidemic — the government, the healthcare field or pharmaceutical companies — and are even less sure who should be responsible for solving the crisis. They all did agree, however, that Congress and President Donald Trump aren’t doing enough to fix the problem.

To discuss additional poll findings as well as how this insight can be used to help end the addiction crisis, the PBS NewsHour hosted a Twitter chat at 1 p.m. ET Oct. 5 with NewsHour’s data producer Laura Santhanam (@laurasanthanam), Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion Dr. Lee Miringoff (@LeeMiringoff ), and Andrew Kolodny, the co-director of opioid policy research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management (@andrewkolodny).

Find the rest of our America Addicted series, which examines the opioid crisis, here.

Check out a recap of the conversation here —

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