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TalkingDrugs. (2020) Drug decriminalisation across the world. Leads: Release.

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In the context of drug policy, ‘decriminalisation’ refers to the removal of criminal penalties for activities related to drug use. In some legal systems criminal penalties are replaced by civil sanctions, while in other systems no penalties are applied – please see the glossary for more detailed definitions.

Some form of decriminalisation has been adopted in 30 countries – with significant differences and levels of effectiveness. This interactive map on the website provides an overview of these models, offering insights into decriminalisation laws, their implementation and impact.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction, Crime prevention
Date:January 2020
Publisher:Release
Corporate Creators:TalkingDrugs
Place of Publication:Leads
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Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Substance use laws > Drug laws
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Drug decriminalisation or legalisation
VA Geographic area > International aspects

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