Decriminalisation of illicit drugs is the natural conclusion to decades of research on drug-related harms.
According to Oregon law, possessing a small amount of drugs for personal consumption is now a civil – rather than criminal – offense.
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Possessing heroin, cocaine, meth and other drugs for personal use is no longer a criminal offense in Oregon. The idea is to get people with problem drug use help, not punishment.
A back alley in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a high-risk COVID-19 area due to the fact the vulnerable populations converge there, is pictured in January 2020.
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Drug users are already among the most marginalized and stigmatized populations in times without a pandemic. Unless we decriminalize drug use, once again they will bear the brunt of another deadly disease.