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How to Win a War on Drugs

Portugal treats addiction as a disease, not a crime.

By Nicholas Kristof

On a broken-down set of steps, a 37-year-old fisherman named Mario mixed heroin and cocaine and carefully prepared a hypodermic needle. “It’s hard to find a vein,” he said, but he finally found one in his forearm and injected himself with the brown liquid. Blood trickled from his arm and…

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