FREEDOM OVER POLICE STATE MIND: “Decriminalisation of all drugs for personal use: HIV infections and associated crimes have all dropped as a result.” That should be applied everywhere! Some governments really place the freedom, happiness, and wealth of their citizen before their thrill to use “dictatorial power” through police state minds. Same for Sweden who against Covid didn’t impose any lockdown or mask-wearing and has seen no more death than every past year with normal flu …
In the ’90s, Portugal was in the grip of a drugs crisis.
The country had one of the worst rates of overdose deaths in Europe, as well as the highest rate of HIV among drug users.
In response to this public health emergency, Portugal’s government set up a group of experts including doctors, psychiatrists and judges to come up with a nationwide strategy.
The committee proposed a raft of radical measures including the decriminalisation of all drugs for personal use.
In 2001 the new law came into force and overdoses, HIV infections and associated crimes have all dropped as a result.
Dr João Goulão, one of the architects of the drugs policy, spoke to Witness History about the success of the strategy.