By 1998, about 60% of arrests for drug offenses in Portugal were for possession and use — most were not for sales of drugs, where the problem lay. Overcrowded jails and the price of incarceration versus treatment are just a couple of reasons why a country might consider decriminalizing drugs. Other motivations include increased availability of treatment and even a decrease in drug use. Portugal decriminalized drugs ten years ago; find out how the country has fared in its own tactics in the war on drugs.
Do you think this tactic would ever work in the United States or do we just have a different drug problem here? Should we decide to decriminalize drug possession and focus more on treatment than punishment? If you want to use this infographic on your site, simply copy and paste the code bellow into your own blog post.
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