Back in the 1990s, Portugal faced a heroin crisis. Most people knew someone affected by the lethal drug. Just two decades later, the country has one of the lowest drug-related death rates in the world. This dramatic turnaround isn't credited to a hard-line approach, but instead by decriminalizing all drugs.
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Oh and by the way, the taxation needed to treat these people is 40+% for everyone making more than E20,000, the wealthy have fled the country, unemployment is at 8%, debt to GDP is 130%, and they barely even have a military to show for it.
Drugs in the US is a giant cash cow for all , from the drug dealers, the cops working overtime, the court system, lawyers and the prison system. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing expecting different results. Even my family who work in law enforcement say its a waste of time, its a losing battle.
This wouldn't work in countries like Philippines: Different socio economic backgrounds, cultures and overall government affordability. I think Duterte's solution is alright if only it is all inclusive. Problem is only the poor is hit hard while the drug bosses & well connected are unscathed.
In Asia, they're strict, and there's hardly any drug use. In the US, we used to be strict, and there was hardly any drug use.
You get all the drug deaths you want, based on your choice as to whether you want to let these vermin experiment with these harmful drugs or not, and let them face no serious jail time, if they're just users. The liberal policy is always to throw up their hands and say "there's nothing we can do" about every moral issue. But there is, it worked here in the past, it works in Asia now. Better than Portugal is the Asian approach, and the old approach in the West and America.
Im Portuguese. Having the lowest drug-related death rate, doesn't mean the problem is "solved". The drug problems still exist. The past month the police apprehended several tons of drugs, off the coast. Difference (from the 90s to now) is people learned more about drugs and are more aware of its problems. However, the number of "light drug" users is going sky-high, due to its use being decriminalized; the results of this will be known in another 20-30 years.
Total BS. Portugal had almost 0 to none economic growth in 80/90s in comparison to other European countries and; therefore, obviously such misery caused a lot of people in society to get into such destructive modes and get into drugs as a result. However, Portugal had had an immense amount of investment coming from EU along with a new regulations attracting Foreign Direct investments, for instance, into property markets as well as introducing Foreign immigrant visas in the last few years and as a Result: a lot of that money was used to physically clean up big cities plus construction jobs contributed to a massive property boom, for instance, in Lisbon, and which is still undergoing at the moment. Therefore, more job => less time to go crazy => better focus => resulting in changes in priorities => a small group of people starts getting active =>everybody else follow
1% of the population? I can't believe that. What population? Whole population? Then take into consideration how many adults used heroin, if we subtract children and the elderly who probably didn't use heroin, or at least not as much.
The problem with the “war on drugs” is that the war was planned out in a way to fatten the pockets of the private prison system and the private rehab facilities throughout the country... look at what Bush did in 2003... he invaded the Middle East.. Afghanistan was one of the countries that was invaded and has the largest poppy seed fields in the entire world... the US lost control of the marijuana and cocaine supply coming from Hispanic countries So they needed a new drug to push and control... this is where we Are, people.. wake up!
And I’m not trying to sound like a conspiracy theorist... but if you look at the correlation between us invading poppy-seed-field-rich counties and the opioid epidemic we are facing today... it adds up...
America seems to do everything wrong when u dont look at things through a greedy mans eyes. The money made on lock ups and prisons and rehabs and all the BS that goes with it is the reason america does what it does.
I agree. Every adult should have a right to medicate themselves. Use of dangerous drugs should be discouraged and treated; instead, we are throwing billions of dollars at the "War on Drugs," with absolutely no win or even a noticeable change in sight!
this is bs coming from big business to sway you. it's an agenda so they can get into the drug business (like what's happening with marijuana right now). whatever happened with other countries(1% b.s.), I can assure you won't apply here. and do not forget, this country(USA), is a market place First!! business prevails, and if there's no business model for it, there soon will be and it will be abused(policy, that is).
Its never gonna stop in the usa unless we stop voting for business people we should really stop trump and his team of rascals are gonna doom the usa because all they care about is making more money even if it kills people
There are large rehabilitation centers being built to accomodate the drug-users who surrendered. But none of it being covered by the media. All protests yet no help to handle the millions of afflicted.
BillionaireFred marijuana at a young age ex: under 18, will have deviating effects on future brain development... I think once you reach a certain age you should be allowed to smoke or consume marijuana however you like... but, like alcohol, there should be an age limit...
Tenho que discordar dessa percentagem, 80% e 90% é exagerar muito, só se viveres numa zona péssima em relação a isso. Eu até aceitaria uns 20 - 30%, porque a realidade é que encontras ganza com a maior das facilidades, mas daí a dizer que quase 100% dos adolescentes fumam, é um bom bocado :P. Para teres uma ideia, na escola secundária que eu andava, em 300 alunos não acredito que mais de 30 - 40 fumem.
We now have examples of both sides of this argument of drug legalization in extremes on full display in two different countries at exactly the same time. here use and death has gone down, peace has come. things are looking like they are going to get better, and people are happier.
in the Philippines 7,000 people have been murdered by their government and it shows no signs of decreasing. In the United States the police have become so militarized they have been killing unarmed children. Drug use is up.
Y’all missing the big picture... Bush invaded the Middle East 2003... the rise in opioid and heroin crisis correlates with the invasion of Afghanistan... wake up, people! USA planned what’s happening now... much more to go into but don’t want to get banned or anything along those lines...