European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 395-414

First online:

Swedish Drug Policy: A Successful Model?

  • Henrik ThamAffiliated withDepartment of Criminology, Stockholm University

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The shift in Swedish drug policy since around 1980 towards a more strict model has according to the official point of view been successful by comparison with the earlier, more lenient drug policy. However, available systematic indicators show that the prevalence of drug use has increased since around 1980, that the decrease in drug incidence was particularly marked during the 1970s and that some indicators point towards an increase during the 1990s. The shift towards a more strict policy.

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