In a survey conducted in April and May 2023. The Center for Public Opinion Research (CVVM) asked a set of questions about public attitudes toward addiction. Respondents over the age of 15 rated the extent to which they consider it acceptable to consume certain addictive substances, namely tobacco, alcohol, painkillers, sleeping pills or tranquilizers, cannabis products (marijuana, hashish), and drugs such as ecstasy, methamphetamine, and heroin.
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According to a recent survey conducted by CVVM, 62% of Czechs believe it is morally acceptable to use cannabis. This is 9% more than in 2019
Despite positive changes in attitudes toward cannabis use, the Czech community’s opinion on the use of other substances has not changed in the past four years. The use of ecstasy, methamphetamine, and heroin continues to face the highest level of disapproval, with more than 80% of respondents.
On the other hand, more than 90% of respondents find the use of painkillers and alcohol acceptable. Regular or occasional use of painkillers, sleeping pills, or tranquilizers is considered morally acceptable by 97% of people, while 93% expressed the same about alcohol and 88% about smoking.
Compared to 2019, the results are almost identical. The majority of respondents (76%) believe that drug use is a current problem in the Czech Republic, although only a third of people see it as a problem where they live.
More than half of citizens believe that the country’s relevant institutions are dealing adequately with the problem of drug use, while 29% believe they are not working well enough.
According to the survey results, 76% of respondents believe that drug addicts should be provided with free counseling. 70% agree that every drug addict has a chance at recovery, while 68% are in favor of providing free treatment for drug addicts.
Half of the people agree with free addiction treatment without restrictions. A similar percentage of citizens are also in favor of providing clean syringes to reduce the risks associated with HIV infection. One-fifth of respondents said the work of drug abuse streetworkers is pointless.
Compared to the 2019 survey, more Czechs believe that treatment for drug addicts should be free, at least for a certain number of trials, and that every drug addict has a chance at recovery.
“Long-term comparisons show that views on these issues change little over time, and the current survey shows the most tolerant view of drug addicts, addiction treatment, and related services to date,” said the authors of the survey, which polled 800 people aged 15 and older between March 27th and May 22nd.
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