Last month, we released a short briefing that debunked some of the claims made about the innovative approach to drug policy taken in Portugal, where personal drug possession is not treated as a criminal offence and health and harm reduction services have been significantly expanded. Here are seven charts that reveal the extent of the success that Portugal has had with this approach.
In 2001, Portugal decided to stop treating personal drug possession as a criminal offence, and instead treat it as a health issue. Now, more than 10 years on, we look at the effects of this policy – and some of the claims that have been made about it.