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Portuguese drug policy shows that decriminalisation can work, but only alongside improvements in health and social policies

Stevens, Alex (2012) Portuguese drug policy shows that decriminalisation can work, but only alongside improvements in health and social policies. European Politics and Policy at LSE (10 Dec 2012). Website.

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Abstract

Today the Home Affairs Select Committee in the United Kingdom releases a report on drug policy. The report draws on lessons from Portugal’s decriminalisation of drug possession and puts forward a case for the UK reconsidering its own policies. Alex Stevens assesses the situation in Portugal, noting that while decriminalisation has coincided with a fall in the most problematic forms of drug use, it is not the only factor. The expansion of drug treatments and the Portuguese welfare state have also played a role, illustrating the importance of improving social and health policies in addition to decriminalisation.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog//
Additional Information: © 2012 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2013 13:35
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2020 00:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/49453

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