Portugal 10 Years after Legalization of all the Drugs

Vor zehn Jahren hat Portugal alle Drogen legalisiert, harte wie weiche. Nun wurde eine Studie veröffentlicht, die die Folgen untersucht, Richard Brenson hat das zusammengefasst und für die konservative Fraktion steckt da keine besonders neue Lektion drin: Wer sich nicht ganz so dumm anstellt und etwas langfristiger denkt, als bis zur nächsten Wahl, der wird am Ende mit dem entsprechenden Ergebnis dastehen. Aber erzähl das mal einem von der CDU.

Compared to the European Union and the US, Portugal drug use numbers are impressive.

Following decriminalization, Portugal has the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 in the EU: 10%. The most comparable figure in America is in people over 12: 39.8%, Proportionally, more Americans have used cocaine than Portuguese have used marijuana.

The Cato paper reports that between 2001 and 2006 in Portugal, rates of lifetime use of any illegal drug among seventh through ninth graders fell from 14.1% to 10.6%. Drug use in older teens also declined. Life time heroin use among 16-18 year olds fell from 2.5% to 1.8%.

New HIV infections in drug users fell by 17% between 1999 and 2003.

Death related to heroin and similar drugs were cut by more than half.

The number of people on methadone and buprenorphine treatment for drug addiction rose to 14,877 from 6,040, after decriminalization, and the considerable money saved on enforcement allowed for increase funding of drug – free treatment as well.

Property theft has dropped dramatically (50% - 80% of all property theft worldwide is caused by drug users).

Time to end the war on drugs (via Reddit)