Portugal: What Happened After It Decriminalized Drugs | VICE

By Samuel Oakford

…..16 years ago, Portugal took a leap and decriminalized the possession of all drugs — everything from marijuana to heroin. By most measures, the move has paid off.

The rate of new HIV infections in Portugal has fallen precipitously since 2001, the year its law took effect, declining from 1,016 cases to only 56 in 2012. Overdose deaths decreased from 80 the year that decriminalization was enacted to only 16 in 2012. In the US, by comparison, more than 14,000 people died in 2014 from prescription opioid overdoses alone. Portugal’s current drug-induced death rate, three per million residents, is more than five times lower than the European Union’s average of 17.3, according to EU figures.

Source: Portugal’s Example: What Happened After It Decriminalized All Drugs, From Weed to Heroin | VICE News

3 thoughts on “Portugal: What Happened After It Decriminalized Drugs | VICE

  1. Peter says:

    What has happened to the robbery / break-in statistics? I’d like to see that.

    • ColinTwiggs says:

      From Wikipedia:

      “The crime rate rose in the 1990s, bringing it to an all-time high during much of this period. It still is low compared to other developed countries and has decreased in the 2000s……[possession of drugs was decriminalized in 2001]. Portugal’s security and peace indicators compare very favourably to other countries. According to the 2015 Global Peace Index rankings, Portugal is the 11th most peaceful country in the world.”

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