Drug policy in Portugal- The Benefits of Decriminalization of Drug Use

Creator: Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)
Contact: István Gábor Takács, Stefania Kapronczay takacsistvan@tasz.hu; kapronczay.stefania@tasz.hu

Description: "In 2001, Portugal took a brave step in changing its drug policies and diverting its efforts from arresting and criminalising drug users towards smart public health interventions. How did the political establishment of a Catholic-Conservative country come to such an agreement about decriminalization? How does the system work? Is it effective? Ten years after decriminalization, the HCLU film crew travelled to Lisbon and Porto to get answers to these questions. The film tells the story of decriminalization through the eyes of people involved in its formation, implementation and evaluation."

Country: Portugal
Population: People Who Use Drugs
Issue: Harm Reduction, Regulation Policies
Length: 16 - 30 Minutes
Language (Spoken): Portuguese
Language (Subtitles): Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, English, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Kazakh, Lithuanian, Latvian, Macedonian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian