A new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has found that most Americans are concerned about drug use in their neighborhoods and say more needs to be done to help problematic drug users and punish dealers. Most of them also support the loosening of marijuana laws.
Sixty-two percent of the 1,042 participants surveyed cited a “serious problem” with substance use in their communities, and nearly 70 percent said treatment programs needed to be more accessible. While over-prescribing as become a hot topic in media, participants were pretty much split on whether community efforts to educate doctors about the dangers of potentially addictive medications are adequate. About 60 percent said more could be done to crack down on drug dealers in their community.
A majority of those surveyed (around 60 percent) support marijuana legalization, with varying views on regulation. A quarter of those in favor support legalization only with a doctor’s prescription; a third support “legalization with no restrictions;” and 43 percent support caps on purchasing quantities.
That said, only 3 percent of respondents named drug use as a “top-of-the-mind” priority.