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https://www.yahoo.com/news/norway-test-free-heroin-drug-addicts-102557686.html

 

Ir's one thing to legalize it, something else to pay for it. Oh well, I don't live there.

 

Norway, which has one of the highest deadly drug overdose rates in Europe, will test prescribing free heroin to the most serious addicts to improve their living conditions, the government said on Friday.

 

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10 hours ago, breeze said:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/norway-test-free-heroin-drug-addicts-102557686.html

 

Ir's one thing to legalize it, something else to pay for it. Oh well, I don't live there.

 

Norway, which has one of the highest deadly drug overdose rates in Europe, will test prescribing free heroin to the most serious addicts to improve their living conditions, the government said on Friday.

 

Now as someone who has been there and come back with addiction, don't you see this as ending only one way and that's not good?

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Probably cut down on crime and homelessness.   If they also provide needles, it can cut down on Hepatitis, HIV, and other blood-borne diseases that come from sharing needles or using dirty needles.


Portugal took a bit of a different path with decriminalization.

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In 2001, nearly two decades into Pereira’s accidental specialisation in addiction, Portugal became the first country to decriminalise the possession and consumption of all illicit substances. Rather than being arrested, those caught with a personal supply might be given a warning, a small fine, or told to appear before a local commission – a doctor, a lawyer and a social worker – about treatment, harm reduction, and the support services that were available to them.

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While drug-related death, incarceration and infection rates plummeted, the country still had to deal with the health complications of long-term problematic drug use. Diseases including hepatitis C, cirrhosis and liver cancer are a burden on a health system that is still struggling to recover from recession and cutbacks. In this way, Portugal’s story serves as a warning of challenges yet to come.

So it hasn't been perfect, but it has shown promise.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/dec/05/portugals-radical-drugs-policy-is-working-why-hasnt-the-world-copied-it

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I think a lot of this media show/PR is to get the deep pockets to pay the bills, route addicts into a form of treatment (MAT) which can be called medical, and fill the empty beds in the treatment centers waiting or being built for them.

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