(Original post by Drunk Punx)
Portugal disagrees. In 2001, possession/usage was decriminalised, and the following happened between 2001 and 2007:
- Increased uptake of treatment.
- Reduction in new HIV diagnoses amongst drug users by 17%
- Reduction in drug related deaths, although this reduction has decreased in later years. The number of drug related deaths is now almost on the same level as before the Drug strategy was implemented. However, this may be accounted for by improvement in measurement practices, which includes a doubling of toxicological autopsies now being performed, meaning that more drugs related deaths are likely to be recorded.
- Reported lifetime use of "all illicit drugs" increased from 7.8% to 12%, lifetime use of cannabis increased from 7.6% to 11.7%, cocaine use more than doubled, from 0.9% to 1.9%, ecstasy nearly doubled from 0.7% to 1.3%, and heroin increased from 0.7% to 1.1%. It has been proposed that this effect may have been related to the candour of interviewees, who may have been inclined to answer more truthfully due to a reduction in the stigma associated with drug use. However, during the same period, the use of heroin and cannabis also increased in Spain and Italy, where drugs for personal use was decriminalised many years earlier than in Portugal, while the use of Cannabis and heroin decreased in the rest of Western Europe. The increase in drug use observed among adults in Portugal was not greater than that seen in nearby countries that did not change their drug laws.
- Drug use among adolescents (13-15 yrs) and "problematic" users declined.
- Drug-related criminal justice workloads decreased.
- Decreased street value of most illicit drugs, some significantly
- The number of drug related deaths has reduced from 131 in 2001 to 20 in 2008.
So yes, whilst on the surface it may seem like more people are using drugs due to implementation of this law, there are varying factors to take into account. And, as you can see, drug-related crime and drug usage amongst the "vulnerable" has dropped.
hmmm if you decriminalise things, then the result is you get less crime? Amazing.revelation.
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I do think drugs and alcohol have a huge impact on crime. Admittedly with some drugs, it's more to do with financial status: people turn to crime to fund their habit, but sometimes does lower inhibitions towards criminality. For most, long-term drug abuse simply makes them pointless ****-ups who don't take care of their children, don't work, don't contribute at all to society and end up having to be bailed out by the state.