Strong majority oppose more funding for private heroin treatment programs – 248 participants
Aug 08, 2017
Uninsured addicts can be left struggling to pay for treatment, and even those who are covered can have difficulty finding space in residential or intensive outpatient treatment centers, where demand far exceeds capacity. Read more about this issue. On August 8, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should New Hampshire increase funding for privately run heroin treatment programs?”
Should New Hampshire increase funding for privately run heroin treatment programs?
Participation: 248 participants gave 606 responses.
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, 248 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 606 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)
What Participants Said
No: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 83%, were opposed to increasing funding for privately run heroin treatment programs.
- “No. Choosing to use drugs does not make the users problem everyone else's priority.”
- “I don't want my tax money to go to helping junkies.”
- “The state already pays for state run programs. The state shouldn't pay any private run programs for anything.”
Yes: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 17%, were in favor of increasing funding for privately run heroin treatment programs.
- “I'd much rather pay up front for people to get treatment instead of having my stuff stolen to feed their habit.”
- “People are dying and it's our moral responsibility to help.”
- “Yes. I would like to see a massive decrease in drug and alcohol abuse.”
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:
- Other funding sources: “If everyone is required to have health insurance, why aren't they footing the bill?”
- Personal experiences: “I don't know anyone in my circle of acquaintances who are hooked on opioids or heroin. Is this really a crisis?”
- Alternative approaches: “What we should be doing is going after the pharmaceutical supply line!”
*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.