Share of Canadians for or against policies to combat the opioid issue as of 2020

Percentage of adults who were in favor of or against select strategies to combat the opioid issue in Canada as of 2020

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Release date

February 2021



Survey time period

November 12 to 16, 2020

Number of respondents

5,003 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Members of Angus Reid Forum

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Question: "A number of policies have been proposed as efforts to combat the abuse of opioids. For each of the following, please indicate whether you are in favor or against the approach."
"Get tougher on people who use drugs – focus on a policy where people found with illegal opioids are prosecuted and either fined or serve jail sentences
Supervised-injection sites – places where people can go and take illegal drugs in a clean and safe environment under medical supervision
Compulsory treatment programs – require anyone who has had an overdose or is found to be abusing opioids to enter a treatment program, rather than face jail time or other punishment
Decriminalize all illegal drugs – decriminalize the possession and use of these drugs to encourage users to be open about their behavior and seek help. Producing and selling illegal drugs, however, would still be a criminal offence."

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