In a historic vote, Norway has become the first Scandinavian country to decriminalise drugs. The drug report of 2017 released by Norwegian government shows that it took nearly lives of 266 people. The country decides to give the matter to the health department rather than making it an issue at the hands of the criminal departments. The administration decides to take the drug addicts as ill people and wants to help them for a proper health solution in order to let them get rid of this life-threatening addiction.
The majority of the Norwegian parliament has voted for this historic shift of paradigm. It was supported by Conservatives, the Labor Party and the Socialist Left. They made the national government reform their policies in case of drugs abuse. It doesn’t mean that the government has legalized drugs but it rather means that all the drugs have been decriminalised.
The change will take some time, but that means a changed vision: those who have a substance abuse problem should be treated as ill, and not as criminals with classical sanctions such as fines and imprisonment. – said Deputy Chairman of the Storting Health Committee.
The goal of this decision is to stop authorities from continuously punishing people who undergo drug abuse. This law aims to help people find a treatment to get rid of this bad habit of addiction. The sentences in the case of drugs abuse will be replaced gradually with the health treatment programmes. The bill was launched in 2006 which was named as “alternative to detention in prison”.
The goal is that more addicts will rid themselves of their drug dependency and fewer will return to crime. But if the terms of the programme are violated, the convicts must serve an ordinary prison term, said the Justice Minister Anders Anundsen.
What do you think? Do you support this decision and would want to get it implemented in your country as well? Do you think that this is a healthy step of the Norwegian government?