• Marta TorrensEmail author
  • Victor Javier Costela Ruiz
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)


In Spain, a permissive and treatment-oriented approach is applied to the handling of illegal drugs and drug-addicted offenders. Criminalization focuses on drug trafficking, where a strongly restrictive approach is applied, whereas the handling of illegal drugs for personal use is only punishable when it is made in public and only by administrative fines. Treatment instead of punishment is focused when it comes to drug addiction and drug-addicted offenders. The chapter describes the framework for both treatment and punishment of drug addicts and drug-addicted offenders in Spain.


Permissive and treatment-oriented approach to illegal drug use and drug-addicted offenders in Spain Drug offenses Treatment of drug-addicted offenders Drug policy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Addiction (INAD), Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), Parc de Salut MAR, Department of PsychiatryAutonomous University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.University of Granada/Autonomous University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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