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More people are blaming the opioid crisis on drug companies

Data: SurveyMonkey poll conducted April 9–13, 2018Poll Methodology; Chart: Axios Visuals

Pharmaceutical companies are shouldering a greater share of the blame for the opioid crisis, according to a new Survey Monkey/Axios poll, although individual users are blamed most often.

Why it matters: This shift in blame mirrors a shift in Washington policymakers' thinking. Some lawmakers – particularly liberal Democrats – have introduced legislation punishing drug companies, while the Department of Justice is backing lawsuits against drug manufacturers and distributors.