“Asked whether it’s more effective for heroin addicts to detox completely and attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings, or for them to receive synthetic opiates under medical supervision, 50 percent of Americans chose the abstinence option, and just 19 percent favored the use of synthetic opiates. Another 32 percent were unsure.
That gap in opinion narrowed only somewhat after people were presented with common arguments for and against the use of synthetic drugs.
Forty percent of people said that synthetic drugs like Suboxone or methadone are more dangerous than helpful, because “it’s more important to get people off drugs entirely, even if that means recovery is more difficult.” Just 24 percent of respondents were sympathetic to the argument that such medications are more helpful than dangerous, since “the approved drugs are safer than heroin or pills bought on the street.” Another 36 percent remained unsure.”
The results of the poll can be accessed at: https://today.yougov.com/news/2015/01/20/poll-results-heroin/
Source: HuffingtonPost.com – February 23, 2015