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A/T: Greenwald THE PORTUGAL STUDIES TAKEN BY GREENWALD DON’T ACCURATELY PORTRAY THE SITUATION. This effectively shows that decriminalization does not help in any way. COEHLO 1 STATES: The national press, and especially the foreign, has referred with outlandish insistence, on the eve of two important elections in Portugal, the "resounding success" of the decriminalization of drugs launched in 2001 by the Socialist Government, neglecting all other European countries and in prejudice of the guidelines of the UN Conventions of which Portugal is a signatory. Respect for the truth of the matter requires the Association for a Drug Free Portugal (APLD) to clarify to the Portuguese, and others, the real consequences of the implementation of this current policy, independent of particular party affiliation. Portugal adopted a unique and unmistakably questionable 'solution' to manage the nightmare of drugs. Recent articles in the weekly British magazine, The Economist and The Cato Institute of Washington promote government options as a legitimate right. The problem is the rest; the manipulation of the facts and numbers is unacceptable! In 2006, the total number of deaths as a consequence of overdose did not diminish radically compared to 2000, nor did the percentage of drug addicts with AIDS decrease significantly (from 57% to 43%). The opposite occurred. Portugal faces a worrying deterioration of the drug situation. The facts prove "With 219
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