As reported in the 2003 BJS Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, the percentage of Gallup Poll respondents describing drug abuse as the single most important problem facing our country peaked in 1989:
|Date of poll||Drug abuse most serious problem|
When asked about spending for various social problems, 56% of the respondents to a 2002 National Opinion Research Center (NORC) Poll said this country is spending too little to deal with drug addiction.
In 2001 the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press reported that respondents were asked the most effective actions the government could take to control the use of drugs --
Source: The Gallup Report, National Opinion Research Center, and the BJS Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 2003.
Bureau of Justice Statistics