Drug use is unaffected by government policies

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 19 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:960

The first authoritative pan-European study into the use of drugs in the 15 member states of the European Union indicates that repressive policies are no more effective in tackling the phenomenon than a more liberal approach.

According to the Lisbon based European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, the proportion of the general adult population who say that they have tried an illegal drug ranges between 5% and 8% in Belgium, Finland, and Sweden and between 11% and 16% in …

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