Portugal’s Decriminalized Model, assessing patients.
September 6th Anvil Centre Morning Keynote
For those who attend the Recovery Capital Conference of Canada in 2017, this is part 2 of the Portuguese Series offered by the Conference. For new registrants, there will also be an overview of last year’s session.
In 2001 Portugal decriminalized the usage of all drugs and diverted drug users from the judicial / criminal system to the health care system.
- Sharing our experience of 17 years of decrim of all drugs.
- Practical explanation on how the Dissuasion Commission’s work on a daily basis.
Nuno Capaz has been working for the Portuguese Ministry of Health’s Dissuasion Commissions since they were created in 2001. These Boards were created to apply Portugal’s law passed in 2000 decriminalizing all drug use. As such, he is a member of an interdisciplinary team that evaluates drug users. He has also been in charge of correspondence with foreign delegations seeking information and research about the Portuguese model for drug policy.