One in five Utahns backs cash payment to keep drug addicts sober


One in five Utahns supports the idea of ​​paying drug and alcohol addicts cash to stay sober, according to a survey conducted by At least half of the study participants said participants should receive an outright cash payment.

And the money would come – from the taxpayers.

Californians recently came up with a new strategy to help addicts overcome their addiction by paying them small incentives to stay sober. Sunrise House, which offers drug addiction treatment, surveyed 3,757 Americans to see if residents of other states support a program the same way Californians do.

The poll found that 20% of Utahns polled said they were in favor of the incentive.

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The average dollar amount that the Utahns say would be fair in exchange for completing a treatment program is $ 307, compared to a national average of $ 579. According to the survey, Alaska is the most favorable to this incentive program. Alaskan residents said they were willing to pay $ 1,467, while Mississippi residents were at the bottom of the scale with an incentive of $ 238.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2020, drug overdoses reached their highest number ever in a 12-month period, over 29.7%.

This new payment program would pay a small incentive for each negative test over a set period of time.

While there is general research that shows that addictive behaviors can be helped with monetary compensation, addiction requires additional forms of support. Over 80% of respondents believe that additional counseling should be a requirement in order to receive a monetary benefit.


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