Majority oppose allowing doctors to prescribe heroin - 247 participants

Nov 25, 2016

In an effort to combat heroin addiction, this September the Canadian government approved new regulations that allow medical professionals to provide pharmaceutical-grade heroin to patients with severe cases of addiction. Read more about this issue. On November 2, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should doctors be allowed to prescribe and monitor heroin use for addicts?”

“Should doctors be allowed to prescribe and monitor heroin use for addicts?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Doctors Prescribing Heroin NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation:

A total of 86% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 14% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, this question received 553 responses from 247 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A majority, at 70% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, opposed allowing doctors to prescribe and monitor heroin for addicts.

  • “Sanctioned drug addiction? Are we going to be paying for it as well?”
  • “Doctors shouldn't be dealers. People need to be able to trust medical professionals to provide a path to health and not end up going to then for a fix.”
  • “You don’t help by keeping them on drugs. You treat and rehabilitate.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 30%, supported allowing doctors to prescribe and monitor heroin for addicts.

  • “If a doctor deems it a suitable course of therapy, we should trust their expertise.”
  • “It is actually a healthier, cheaper and more socially beneficial approach to drugs than waging a war against drugs and drug consumption like the United States does.”
  • “Since our way doesn't work, we should try it.”

Other: As noted above, 14% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Expressing indecision: “I'm not completely for it but there are positives to it.”
  • Legalization of other drugs: “NH residents should be able to grow marijuana in their garden for free, end of discussion.”
  • Related prescription drugs: “They already do this. It’s called methadone.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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