Australian Radical Thinking

A radical change in drug policy: Decriminalising drug use and possession

<1> The daily methadone program, is part of Portugal's radical turn from 2001 decriminalizing drug use and placing emphasis on treating drug addiction with a public health approach. (Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images) Link to larger image.

Senior police officers in NSW are making the case for decriminalising drug use and possession. But they're not alone — across Australia and internationally there's a growing realisation that the traditional approach to drug policy isn't working.

The alternative that is increasingly being suggested is one that is less punitive, and emphasises treatment

Progress - National Consortium of Consultant Nurses in Dual Diagnosis & Substance Use