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Eastern Europe must rethink its hardline policy on drug use

By Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch

In a step forward, a debate in the Polish parliament on the proposed drug law is set to start next month. Young people should not start their working lives with criminal records because of personal possession.

Finally, at the European level, EU policymakers can help by encouraging member states to decriminalize possession of small amounts of drugs. By freeing up resources devoted to enforcing policies against low-level users, countries can better tackle serious drug-supply issues and provide people with the effective treatment that they need and deserve.

Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch is the director of the Global Drug Policy Program at the Open Society Institute.

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