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Some important lessons to be learned from Portugal about drug policy – Publications – AEI

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AEI Some important lessons to be learned from Portugal about drug policy How Portugal Is Kicking its Heroin Habit: Back in the 1990s, Portugal faced a heroin crisis. Most people knew someone affected by the lethal drug. Just two decades later, the country has one of the lowest drug-related death rates in the world. This dramatic turnaround isn’t credited to a hard-line approach, but instead by decriminalizing all drugs. What has worked so successfully and effectively in Portugal could work anywhere, including the US, if we would switch from a war mentality approach that criminalizes drug use and incarcerates drug users and dealers in cages, to a public health approach. Some important lessons to be learned from Portugal about drug policy Mark Perry

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Some important lessons to be learned from Portugal about drug policy

How Portugal Is Kicking its Heroin Habit: Back in the 1990s, Portugal faced a heroin crisis. Most people knew someone affected by the lethal drug. Just two decades later, the country has one of the lowest drug-related death rates in the world. This dramatic turnaround isn’t credited to a hard-line approach, but instead by decriminalizing all drugs. What has worked so successfully and effectively in Portugal could work anywhere, including the US, if we would switch from a war mentality approach that criminalizes drug use and incarcerates drug users and dealers in cages, to a public health approach.

Some important lessons to be learned from Portugal about drug policy
Mark Perry

Mark Perry
Mark J. Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus. He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem. At AEI, Perry writes about economic and financial issues for American.com and the AEIdeas blog.

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