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As many European countries struggle with an upsurge in drug trafficking with steadily rising numbers of users, some are considering learning from the Portuguese model to adapt their response. In 2001, Portugal decriminalized the use of all drugs and their possession in small quantities. Twenty years later, the country has set itself up as a model in the management of drug use, by offering a health response to consumers and not only a legal one.
Europe is facing an upsurge in drug trafficking. In recent days, customs authorities in Rotterdam and Antwerp have announced record seizures of cocaine in their ports, with Antwerp having passed the symbolic milestone of 100 tons confiscated in 2022.
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