Drug Policy Essay

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Drug policies have become somewhat of a hot topic of discussion in Europe and the United States and many other countries all over the world. In many countries, there have been debates about the legalization and control of previously or currently illegal substances, and this could change the dynamic of drug consumption and trafficking in the future. In the European Union specifically, there is no unified drug policy that all of the member states must follow. The law is designed so that individual states decide the legislation for drugs. There are two members of the European Union, in particular that have completely different perspectives when it comes to drug policy. The first is Sweden, with its no tolerance policy for drugs of any kind, and …show more content…
First there is Sweden, which has a zero-tolerance policy. “The goal for the drug policy as proclaimed by parliament in 1978 is to eliminate all drugs from society” (Tops). The country focuses on primarily preventative measures to stop both the trafficking of drugs but also the use of them by all citizens, especially the youth. It is very common for school’s the include curriculum to teach children about the dangers of drugs (Tops). The zero-tolerance stance also means that there is no room for harm-reduction measures and also no distinction between hard drugs such as ecstasy and heroin, and soft drugs such as cannabis and hash. This means that all drug use is criminalized to the same degree regardless of the …show more content…
Rather then try to completely prohibit the use of drugs, the country has introduced them as a problem that must be regulated and fixed like any other potential problem in society. The government views drug users as a health problem and not a criminal issue. They also distinguish the difference between drug users and drug abusers (Tops, 14). It is still illegal to possess and consume hard drugs, and it is also illegal to cultivate soft drugs. Despite these illegalities, people are rarely prosecuted for having soft drugs. They also are more concerned with drug trafficking of illegal hard drugs then the use of soft drugs by

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