Bipartisan Majority Of Americans Support Drug Decriminalization, And Most Favor Overdose Prevention Sites, Poll Finds

Bipartisan Majority Of Americans Support Drug Decriminalization, And Most Favor Overdose Prevention Sites, Poll Finds
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A strong majority of Americans, including most Republicans, support drug decriminalization, according to a new national poll released on Friday. There’s also majority support overall for allowing the operation of overdose prevention centers where people can use illicit substances in a medically supervised setting and receive treatment resources. The survey from Data For Progress and the People’s Action Institute asked a wide range of questions about harm reduction proposals, finding that likely voters broadly support bold policy changes to address the overdose crisis. Among our findings:Majority supports expanding medication-assisted treatmentMajority supports increasing access to nalaxone to reverse opioid overdosesBipartisan plurality supports opening overdose prevention centers pic.twitter.com/1zi2CHpdMC — People's Action Institute (@PplsActionInst) April 22, 2022 Seven in ten Americans said that they’re in favor of ending the criminalization of low-level drug possession and replacing the threat of prosecution with choice of paying a fine or being screened for treatment, compared to 25 percent who oppose the reform. Support for the proposal increased by 10 percentage points overall since voters were asked about it last year with a different question in a prior Data for Progress poll. And this round, a majority of Republican voters (54 percent) said they strongly or somewhat support decriminalization, compared to 42 percent last year. Democrats and independents now back the policy change at higher levels, at 82 and 75 percent, respectively. Via Data For Progress. Here’s the exact language of the new decriminalization question: “Last year, the state of Oregon decriminalized the possession of small amounts of drugs. Instead of being prosecuted, a person possessing small amounts of drugs will receive a fine (like a parking ticket). A person can get the fine waived if they participate in screenings from services like treatment, housing, mental health care, and employment. Would you support or oppose a similar…

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