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Mon Dec 12, 2011, 05:38 AM

Portugal's Drug Laws Show Results 10 Years On, Experts Say


Health experts in Portugal said Friday that Portugal's decision 10 years ago to decriminalise drug use and treat addicts rather than punishing them is an experiment that has worked.

"There is no doubt that the phenomenon of addiction is in decline in Portugal," said Joao Goulao, President of the Institute of Drugs and Drugs Addiction, a press conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the law.

The number of addicts considered "problematic" -- those who repeatedly use "hard" drugs and intravenous users -- had fallen by half since the early 1990s, when the figure was estimated at around 100,000 people, Goulao said.

Other factors had also played their part however, Goulao, a medical doctor added. "This development can not only be attributed to decriminalisation but to a confluence of treatment and risk reduction policies."

Portugal's holistic approach had also led to a "spectacular" reduction in the number of infections among intravenous users and a significant drop in drug-related crimes, he added.

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 05:49 AM

1. That will never happen here. The prison industrial complex and the enforcement industrial complex


will never allow for "a significant drop in drug-related crimes," as it would hurt their bottom line.

Our country doesn't give a crap about anyone's health or happiness, it only cares about making sure money keeps flowing from these privatized penal systems into the pockets and contribution lists of corrupt politicians.

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Mon Dec 12, 2011, 05:53 AM

2. I tend to agree

people really don't get the help they need - they get fines, prison - someone is always making money of the people who are arrested

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