Strong majority oppose increased heroin enforcement - 130 participants, 451 responses

Jun 16, 2016

On Thursday, June 16 the New Hampshire Legislature convened a special session to authorize $1.5 million in grants for local law enforcement to fight heroin trafficking, as part of Operation Granite Hammer. Read more about this issue. Later that day, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Do you support the NH legislature's vote to increase heroin enforcement funding through Operation Granite Hammer?”

Do you support expanding operation Granite Hammer?

Increased Heroin Enforcement Funding NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 130 participants gave 431 responses.

A total of 89% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 11% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 451 responses from 130 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: A strong majority, at 95% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were against expanding operation Granite Hammer.

  • " The enforcement approach doesn't work, hasn't worked, won't start magically working if a bit more money is thrown at it.”
  • “The war on drugs is a failure and an expensive one at that. Stop treating drug abuse as a crime and start treating it like a health issue.”
  • “They should find more funding for treatment not enforcement... Treatment [addresses] the problem at its source the by removing the demand. This would much cheaper in the long run.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 10%, supported expanding operation Granite Hammer.

  • “Any avenue/effort to get deadly drugs and dealers of these poisons off the street is helpful and just might save a life that day.”
  • “You're selling drugs, it's against the law, you should be arrested and in jail. You're using drugs, it's against the law, you should be arrested and in jail.”

Other: As noted above, 11% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Highlighting other areas of concern: “Make alcohol illegal and show people you really care about saving lives.”
  • Arguing for stronger penalties: “How about just sentence heroin dealers to life in prison?”
  • Discussing decriminalization: “Prohibition does not work. Forcing drugs underground simply adds to more violence between people in the drug industry, including violence against police.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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