Lessons Learned from Portugal’s Pioneering Drug Policy


In 2001, Portugal implemented a groundbreaking policy that decriminalized personal possession of drugs, while maintaining criminal penalties for drug trafficking.

Amidst record-breaking overdose death rates in the United States, what lessons can we learn from Portugal as we seek to curb overdose rates and build a comprehensive approach to addiction centred in public health?

Please join the O’Neill Institute’s Addiction and Public Policy Initiative for a timely conversation with Dr. João Goulão, Portugal’s General-Director for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies. Dr. Goulão will be joined by U.S. policy experts to discuss the future of addiction policy in the U.S. and globally. 

Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2023 Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST 
Location: 500 First Street NW, Georgetown University Law Center (In-Person) | Zoom (Virtual)

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