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Denmark reviews how it deals with drug misuse

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 12 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:433
  1. M Dolley

    Denmark's approach to dealing with drug misusers must be reassessed, says the Danish Medical Association (DMA). Its chairman, Torben Pedersen, dubbed the strategy of the past 25 years - which have seen a large rise in deaths from drug misuse and the growth of a thriving black market in methadone - an “outright failure.”

    The Danish authorities have been stepping up policing and increasing the legal penalties for drug misuse, particularly in the past five years. The DMA says that these practices should be scrapped. “We cannot win the battle against hard drugs by fighting the drug takers,” said Dr Pedersen.

    At the same time there has been a strong growth in private treatment with methadone, particularly at three large clinics, and several …

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