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Michael Specter on an alternative to the war on drugs

October 11th, 2011

Episode 226 of 447 episodes

This week in the magazine, Michael Specter looks at Portugal a decade after it decriminalized personal drug use. Here Specter talks with Blake Eskin about why it makes sense to treat drug abuse as a public-health problem rather than a crime, and what lessons the U.S. could take from Portugal's example.