Portuguese Drug Policy Model. Achievements and challenges

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Friday, 25 November, 2022 - 10:50 to 12:20
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The Portuguese drug policy model came into force in 2001, when a set of strategic measures was implemented, including the decriminalization of the use, possession and acquisition of all illicit drugs. More than 20 years later, it is now possible to make an objective and critical evaluation of the Portuguese strategy, assessing everything that has already been achieved at different levels and what remains to be achieved. A structured session is proposed, giving voice to five Portuguese scholars who have been working on these matters, each with a vision of what the Portuguese model is and should be. Given that the world drug policy seems to be in turmoil, it would be important to promote a session to discuss the Portuguese model, which has deserved so much attention worldwide and is seen by many as an example to follow. The session aims to discuss the achievements, the problems that had to be faced and those that will need to be addressed in the near future.