Translation from Portuguese ‘Suade’ article
[quote]Heroine consumption rose 57.5% in recent years
Method for combating drugs is ‘pure disinformation’ — APLD President
At variance with what official agencies have recently disclosed, the problem of drug dependence in Portugal has never been more serious: Between 2001, the year the decriminalization law went into effect, and 2007, continued consumption of narcotics rose, in absolute terms, by 66%.
In this period In this period consumption increased 215% for cocaine, 85% for ecstasy, 57.5% for heroine and 37% for cannabis… These data are from a report of the Institute of Drugs and Drug Dependence (IDT), published in 2008.
Since decriminalization there has been a 50% increase in drug use among young people between the ages of 20 and 24. On the other hand, the number of persons who have experimented with illicit drugs at least once rose from 7.8% in 2001 to 12% in 2007 (IDT Report of Activities of Nov 2008).
Full Portuguese language text:
Portuguese ex - IDT 2008 November Activities Report says 800000 people (7.8%) had tried illict drugs at lease once in 2001, that increased to 1.3 million (12) in 2007
Drugs: The Portuguese Fallacy and the Absurd Medicalization of Europe
There has been adverse effects to decriminalising marijuana in Netherlands
After marijuana use became legal, consumption nearly tripled among 18- to 20-year-olds. As awareness of the harm of marijuana grew, the number of cannabis coffeehouses in the Netherlands decreased 36 percent in six years.
Almost all Dutch towns have a cannabis policy, and 73 percent of them have a no-tolerance policy toward the coffeehouses.
In 1987 Swiss officials permitted drug use and sales in a Zurich park, which was soon dubbed Needle Park, and Switzerland became a magnet for drug users the world over. Within five years, the number of regular drug users at the park had reportedly swelled from a few hundred to 20,000.
The area around the park became crime-ridden to the point that the park had to be shut down and the experiment terminated.
Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport has said of
concern about drug and alcohol use among young people and the social consequences, which range from poor school performance and truancy to serious impairment, including brain damage
‘Coffee shops’ legally sell marijuana. Amsterdam has a larger police presence than in a comparize size cities in America said Ramon Bracomontes in an article in the El Paso Times
Decriminalising drugs has not stopped drug trafficking, Dutch health and justice ministers announced in 2011 tourists are going to be banned from Dutch ‘coffee shops’
In order to tackle the nuisance and criminality associated with coffee shops and drug trafficking, the open-door policy of coffee shops will end