Fifteen years ago Portugal decriminalized drug possession and channeled funding into supporting those who’s lives were effected by substance use instead of punishing them.  Every five years this experiment has been heralded as a success and many leading figures concerned with substance use see it as a model to emulate and apply across the world.

Controversy

However despite the facts and figures supporting the idea that this model does indeed work in all aspects, most politicians across the globe completely refuse to follow the example.

Countries like Thailand, who have in recent years been extremely punitive towards drug users and suppliers – with the systematic killing of drug dealers and excessive criminal penalties towards users – have been faced with a staggering growth of drug use. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2725037/)

To see how effective Portugal’s stance has been please review the document in the link below:

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2050324516683640

 

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