Decriminalization of Drugs in Portugal
"The decriminalisation of possession and use of drugs, Law 30/2000 of 29 of November, is an operational instrument to dissuade the use and abuse of drugs and to promote public health, complementary to the strategies of other areas of intervention in the field of demand reduction, representing as well a measure against social exclusion.
"The purpose of this legal change was the reduction of drug use and safeguard of the needs of individuals at preventive, health and therapeutic level. For this objective, Commissions for the Dissuasion of Drug Use (CDT) were created in each capital of district to develop a proximity work in the mediation between situations of use and the application of administrative sanctions.
"In 2013 was strengthened the cooperation and systematic articulation with local responses.
"In a logic of proximity and to maximize resources, the CDT extended its network of responses, in a perspective of integrated work, multidisciplinary approach, promoting sustained articulations with community services that provide health care and social answers, treatment and social reintegration, to meet the needs of intervention identified.
"The network of responses was enlarged with the signing of 45 new protocols/agreements covering structures of different ministries (Home Affairs, Health, Justice, Solidarity and Social Security, Education and Science, among others) and several IPSS/NGOs, contributing this way for networking development and improvement, to increase the quality of Dissuasion interventions.
"Security forces (GNR / PSP) continued to be the main partners for effective and efficient law enforcement. Twelve in eighteen CDT defined procedures for the execution of penalties, destruction of seized substances and have implemented economic measures of means and resources."
General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD), "2014 National Report (2013 data) to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point: PORTUGAL: New Development, Trends" (Lisbon, Portugal: 2014), p. 121.