A social cost perspective in the wake of the Portuguese strategy for the fight against drugs


I’ve seen links to the abstract circulating, this is the full article. Study published in September evaluating the change in social costs (including costs to the justice system, and direct health care expenditures) after Portuguese decriminalization went into effect around the year 2001. Key results include reduced justice systems costs an a 18% decrease in aggregate social costs (using a cost of disease approach). Very exciting results, curious what thoughts are on the methodology from more experienced researchers than me.

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