RIP Philo

Legalize it

“In 2001, nearly two decades into Pereira’s accidental specialisation in addiction, Portugal became the first country to decriminalise the possession and consumption of all illicit substances. Rather than being arrested, those caught with a personal supply might be given a warning, a small fine, or told to appear before a local commission – a doctor, a lawyer and a social worker – about treatment, harm reduction, and the support services that were available to them.

The opioid crisis soon stabilised, and the ensuing years saw dramatic drops in problematic drug use, HIV and hepatitis infection rates, overdose deaths, drug-related crime and incarceration rates. “
Permalink HN reporter 
December 5th, 2017 11:30pm
Yep absolutely. Legalize everything let it sort itself out.
Permalink Ruseman 
December 6th, 2017 2:27am
I'm not really pro or anti legalisation, but I'm doubtful that Portugal is necessarily that informative. 

They have really unusual demographics:  very low birth rate, and lots of young people emigrating.  (And somewhat less old people immigrating)

As a result, I'd expect drug use to fall dramatically anyway over a multi decade period:  how many pensioners are heroin addicts?
Permalink MobyDobie 
December 6th, 2017 3:17am
Making drugs illegal has obviously failed.

Making them legal would:

Remove the criminal element
Make the drugs a lot safer
Has provenly not led to increased use
Permalink Xsw 
December 6th, 2017 4:57am

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