Poll Results: Heroin

January 20, 2015, 7:21 PM UTC

These are the topline results of a YouGov/Huffington Post survey of 1000 US adults interviewed January 16-20, 2015 on opiates. The results show that few Americans think opiate replacement therapy is best. The margin of error is 4.0%.

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Which program do you think is better for treating people who are addicted to heroin or similar opiate drugs?
One where addicts are provided with FDA-approved synthetic opiates under medical supervision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19%
One where addicts attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and detox completely from all drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32%

Here are two arguments about the use of synthetic drugs like suboxone or methadone to treat heroin addiction. Which do you agree with more?
Synthetic drugs are more dangerous than helpful; it’s more important to get people off drugs entirely, even if that means recovery is more difficult . . . .40%
Synthetic drugs are more helpful than dangerous; the approved drugs are safer than heroin or pills bought on the street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36%

If a methadone clinic that treated heroin addicts was built in your neighborhood, would you feel:
Very comfortable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8%
Somewhat comfortable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18%
Somewhat uncomfortable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28%
Very uncomfortable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16%

Do you personally know anyone who has been addicted to heroin or another opiate?
Yes, I have been addicted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1%
Yes, someone else I know has been addicted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33%
No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64%
Prefer not to say . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2%

If heroin were made legal, would you ever consider trying it?
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3%
No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97%