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Does Portugal Have the Solution to Our Drug Epidemic?
The Independent, Ireland – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2011

In 2001 Portugal became the first country in the EU to decriminalise drug use. The leader of the country’s People’s Party, Paulo Portas, said plane-loads of foreign students would head for the Algarve for “sun, beaches and any drug you like”. Yet, 10 years on, Portugal’s drug policy is being held up as the model for other countries to follow. Rather than criminalising people found in possession of drugs, they are sent to a “dissuasion commission” for treatment and the results have been spectacular.

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