This story is part of a collection called Transcending Judgement: Stories about taking care of everyone, no matter their life circumstances. Read more here. Also in this collection by author Carlyn Zwarenstein: Portugal’s Wildly Successful Decriminalization Experiment.
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Interactive: Harm Reduction Goes Global
Portugal’s Wildly Successful Decriminalization Experiment
By decriminalizing even “hard” drugs like heroin and cocaine, Portugal drove down HIV rates and overdose deaths—and proved beyond a doubt that harm reduction works.
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