The aim should be a drug free society

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7031.636c (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:636
  1. K F Gunning
  1. President, Dutch National Board of Drug Prevention Groene Wetering 24, 3062 PC Rotterdam, Netherlands

    EDITOR,—The image of drug use in the Netherlands depicted in Richard Smith's editorial does not reflect the true situation.1 The note on Dutch drug policy recently sent to parliament by the Dutch government estimated the number of regular users of cannabis as being 675000—that is, 4.5% of our population of 15 million.2

    In 1980 there were a few dozen so called coffee shops, where the sale of cannabis is tolerated under certain conditions. Today, according to the government's note, the number of coffee shops and illegal “sale …

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