Drug addicts in Portugal

In July 2011, there were nearly 40,000 drug users who were being treated for their addiction in Portugal.

In the early 1990s, there were an estimated 100,000 drug addicts in the country. The drop in hard-core users is due to the country decriminalizing drugs and forcing users to enter drug treatment instead of the criminal justice system.

Source: AFP, “Portugal drug law show results ten years on, experts say,” Google News, July 1, 2011.