With Oregon being the first state to decriminalize all drugs, it's time to look at how decriminalization can—or can't—be done in a way that does NOT increase deaths resulting from drug abuse. Part one of a two-part series.
Imagine the worst possible drug den, the ultimate cesspool of addiction and drug-related misery. That was Portugal in the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s. Then, in just a matter of a few years, the country completely turned their drug problem around and managed to create massive change for the better.
I hear people say: “America should legalize all drugs because Portugal did it and everything was fine.” Actually, that’s not true. It’s time to look at exactly what Portugal did in relation to their drug problem and what the result was.