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5 Years After: Portugal's Drug Decriminalization Policy Shows Positive Results

Posted Apr 09 2009 6:11pm
This offers a very important opportunity to examine the effects of decriminalization. In terms of public health, the effects appear to have been very good. I'd be interested to watch indicators like age of first use, overall use rates, treatment admission rates, other crimes that are often drug-related, other harms that are often drug related (child welfare, etc.) and if there are any adverse or positive effects on specific communities. Aside from the legal status of the drug, it would be great to see a country shift its emphasis from criminalization of addicts to a wellness or recovery facilitation approach.

Keep in mind that the source has an avowed bias.

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