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Back in the 1990s, Portugal faced a heroin crisis. Most people knew someone affected by the lethal drug. Just two decades later, the country has one of the lowest drug-related death rates in the world. This dramatic turnaround isn't credited to a hard-line approach, but instead by decriminalizing all drugs. Video by Tom Gibson ---------- Hello World is a Webby and Emmy-nominated video series from Bloomberg that invites the viewer to come on a journey across the globe to find the inventors, scientists and technologists shaping our future. Join journalist and best-selling author Ashlee Vance on a quest to find the freshest, weirdest tech creations and the beautiful freaks behind them. Watch more Hello World episodes: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-hello-world/ Like this video? Subscribe to Bloomberg on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Bloomberg?sub_confirmation=1 Bloomberg is the First Word in business news, delivering breaking news & analysis, up-to-the-minute market data, features, profiles and more: http://www.bloomberg.com Connect with us on... Twitter: https://twitter.com/business Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloombergbusiness Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bloombergbusiness/ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-05-24/how-portugal-solved-its-heroin-problem-video
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Artyom хорват (1 день назад)
By the title i thought that Portugal was on drugs and won a war:/
Malbabo (3 дня назад)
Just for the record: Portugal didn't decriminalized drugs... it just doesn't punish those who use it. It is still illegal to own/purchase drugs.
pemuda pemudi sange (4 дня назад)
1:12 that map
Piero Cus (4 дня назад)
Funny how I just finished watching the sweden road revolution and how futuristic they are and then I see the drugs related death on the chart ahahaj
Kevin Hi (5 дней назад)
We are sadly not able to end our war on drugs because we still do not have a wall and the mexicans bring in so much drugs it's unbelievable. End the shutdown Pelosi and Schumer!
Nuno Afonso (6 дней назад)
Quantos tugas?
HTP Gaming YT (6 дней назад)
Unlike Philippines! Duterte just kills em
Alfie Reade (6 дней назад)
Only 100 people?
Mark Peters (7 дней назад)
Canada is on the right track, not USA!
Someone 234 (10 дней назад)
Aim the consumer, Not the Producer
Rymd Cpz (1 месяц назад)
First world problems solved. SE countries are third world countries with real drug problem. I don't know if it's right to treat its citizens as animals or legalising drugs as we are not developed enough.
pureum kim (1 месяц назад)
Locking up doesn't really work. Treating as an addiction and giving care works. A slight tweak would be to have more compulsory treatment if the addict keeps refusing treatment. One issue with these kinds of problems is that often there is too much leeway and that doesn't help the addict or the tax payers.
Linda Adkins-Dupre (1 месяц назад)
Prohibition didn't work. It turned ordinary law abiding citizens into criminals overnight. Crime and violence increased. People were murdered, at worse, by those in illegal control of alcohol from bootleggers to Mafias. Alcohol was brought in through the borders. It didn't stop people from buying or consuming alcohol. Once Prohibition was lifted, alcohol became regulated and taxed. And people were no longer criminalized. Since the USA did this with alcohol, the same can be done with drugs. The benefits outweigh the cons. Mexico needs to do the same. For that matter, all countries. It simply makes sense. Especially since the USA has a history that has proven this.
Capela San (1 месяц назад)
It's funny how they sell this lie all over the world. If you are caught with any hard drug example: cocaine or heroin you will be arrested.
강대국 TV (1 месяц назад)
Weed not even allowed ?? Portugal should use weed as a revenue generating item like the Netherlands.
Petter ! (2 месяца назад)
96% of all heavy drug users in Sweden are immigrants!
BEEN BRACKIN (3 дня назад)
LMFAO BULLSHIT, they sell the drugs to white swedies just like white swedies kill themselves every 6 hours
Ron Maessen (3 месяца назад)
Heroin use is decreasing but that's also the case in other countries right? What about addiction to other kinds of drugs? Is this solution also helping with that?
zak ryals (3 месяца назад)
Could you just put a little more effort in to that video, I know all you have to do is make it better than LeLe Pons and Jake Paul but damn dude, that video was so half there.
The Ultimate Reductionist (3 месяца назад)
Torture and kill all republicans & their supporters. That is a necessary FIRST step.
Mealwhiles (10 дней назад)
Listen, that's just a stupid thing to say. You're gonna agitate people, and then it just goes downhill form there. I'm a liberal, but that doesn't mean I want to kill Republicans.
Sally Marie (1 месяц назад)
Yes let’s go after the people with 95%of the guns🤔😒🤔😒
Ethan Gray (2 месяца назад)
Come at us bitch, and it'd be the last thing you do.
Ji Cho (3 месяца назад)
Cesar Antonio (4 месяца назад)
adanacman666 (4 месяца назад)
I have been there,believe me, they are nowhere near solving their drug problems,NOT EVEN CLOSE...........
Mealwhiles (10 дней назад)
Bruh I'm Portuguese and I can confirm that this statement is false.
Azure-O (3 месяца назад)
You must have been in the wrong country tbh, what city where you in?
Nikola Ivanov (4 месяца назад)
3:07 what and where are those?
Azure-O (10 дней назад)
+Mealwhiles oh that's a shame :/
Mealwhiles (10 дней назад)
+Azure-O I used to live near Ovar (small town) but when I visited Porto I saw the metro but never the elétricos :(
Azure-O (10 дней назад)
+Mealwhiles I'm Porto they are very common, especially in the "main" area, the baixa, they go up and down hills, it was a very popular use of transportation in the 19 hundreds but now due to cars we don't use them anymore
Mealwhiles (10 дней назад)
+Azure-O I've seen em in Porto when I visited but I've never seen the things go up slopes like that lol
Azure-O (3 месяца назад)
Those are "elétricos" a train like mean of transportation its very common in here, you can find it mostly in Porto and Lisboa but they exist all over portugal
Srzwéskcz Svlejnić (4 месяца назад)
The way you pronounced João Goulão was so funny :D
Obaid Rehman (4 месяца назад)
3:07 why those trams are so high
Max Powers (4 месяца назад)
Interesting. Gustavo Petro had this program in his presidency candidacy but Colombians are very naive to believe that it's possible. That's why the US goverment is sending money to fight drugs with the Right wing party goverment and it seems to solve nothing, it makes it worst. Did u know that the new goverment is trying to target a tattooed person as a suspect of having drugs? crazy right?
Lourenço Vieira (4 месяца назад)
Lol Olá XD
MoMoKoKo (4 месяца назад)
And they have Cristiano Ronaldo
Hari Narayanan (4 месяца назад)
Portugal could do this because they saw their population as matured enough to understand. The same policy introduced in India could break the country, a population so blind eyed towards recreational drug use cannot handle it. And everyone would either so crazy and get high all the time or be leaving the country.
What a piece of work is a man (4 месяца назад)
3:08 those trams are lit!!!
Rodolfo (4 месяца назад)
Holy jesus, is that train look-alike doing a wheelie ? 3:06
Violeta Lisboa Tavares (4 месяца назад)
What? I’m so confused. I didn’t know that this happened AT ALL. And I’m from Portugal! My dad was a teen and my grandparents were 40 at this time. I’m really curious about this now...
Alapone (5 месяцев назад)
Yeah but America can't do this because there is money to be made on War on the Drugs, and it's not really a War on Drugs...it's a War on People.
Lawrence Of Canadia (5 месяцев назад)
maybe one dat Canada will do this
nwobhm1992 (5 месяцев назад)
lol some junke said weed has same effects as heroine and cocaine do
gta4everrr (5 месяцев назад)
People who want or need to use drugs are going to find ways of getting it, regardless of what "the law" says. Not everyone who uses drugs like cocaine or heroine recreationally becomes addicted, if we spent more time and money studying addiction instead of criminalizing and stigmatizing it, we might actually be able to prevent and/or more effectively treat addiction. I'm not saying the United States should do exactly what Portugal is doing, but we've pretty much been doing the same thing for 40+ years and things are only getting worse, so we clearly need to try something else.
Joe (5 месяцев назад)
Low IQ american do not want learn from advance nations.
Delerious Dinosaur (6 месяцев назад)
my parents kicked me out of the house because they found a weed pipe in my car
Julian Tibay (6 месяцев назад)
This would only happen to US if they voted for Ron Paul 2012.
i_have_shit_on_my_ass.mp3 (6 месяцев назад)
it took 26 bloody days for me to find weed in portugal, people that were smoking just didn't want to tell me where I could get some, thankfully the nicest homeless man helped me to find it and even gave me a rolling paper ❤❤
Rudyson Estanislao (6 месяцев назад)
Sadly Philippines is more 80% in Enforcement than Healthcare due to its Financial funding for HealthCare System.
Simony _ (6 месяцев назад)
Eu gostaria que isso acontecesse no brasil também
Artificial245 (6 месяцев назад)
Oh and by the way, the taxation needed to treat these people is 40+% for everyone making more than E20,000, the wealthy have fled the country, unemployment is at 8%, debt to GDP is 130%, and they barely even have a military to show for it.
Scott Gibson (6 месяцев назад)
Drugs in the US is a giant cash cow for all , from the drug dealers, the cops working overtime, the court system, lawyers and the prison system. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing expecting different results. Even my family who work in law enforcement say its a waste of time, its a losing battle.
Rio the MadHater (6 месяцев назад)
This wouldn't work in countries like Philippines: Different socio economic backgrounds, cultures and overall government affordability. I think Duterte's solution is alright if only it is all inclusive. Problem is only the poor is hit hard while the drug bosses & well connected are unscathed.
Kiko Alves (6 месяцев назад)
Ai Portugal é tão bom...
Fo Reel (6 месяцев назад)
In Asia, they're strict, and there's hardly any drug use. In the US, we used to be strict, and there was hardly any drug use. You get all the drug deaths you want, based on your choice as to whether you want to let these vermin experiment with these harmful drugs or not, and let them face no serious jail time, if they're just users. The liberal policy is always to throw up their hands and say "there's nothing we can do" about every moral issue. But there is, it worked here in the past, it works in Asia now. Better than Portugal is the Asian approach, and the old approach in the West and America.
Xeper-I-Set (4 месяца назад)
There's loads of drug use in Asia, what the fuck are you talking about?
Gacheru Mburu (6 месяцев назад)
winwin's tears (6 месяцев назад)
President Duterte, please take some notes from Portugal
Malbabo (6 месяцев назад)
Im Portuguese. Having the lowest drug-related death rate, doesn't mean the problem is "solved". The drug problems still exist. The past month the police apprehended several tons of drugs, off the coast. Difference (from the 90s to now) is people learned more about drugs and are more aware of its problems. However, the number of "light drug" users is going sky-high, due to its use being decriminalized; the results of this will be known in another 20-30 years.
Scott Pratt (6 месяцев назад)
Not enough money to be made that route.
EastCoCo (6 месяцев назад)
Its strange how the US invades the middle east where the opium is plentiful and now theres a opiate crisis going on in the US... The government controls the drugs coming into the country
The one nonly (5 месяцев назад)
no dont think the soldiers are to blame after all they have gotten it in other countries ,its a world problem ! where they would happily kill you if you tried to stop them growing the stuff , becausd thats how they earn their crusts !! legalise its the only thing that makes sense , big pharma will still make their billions and the poor cuban/etc farmers can grow it with a clear conscious
Lukis o (6 месяцев назад)
This happens when the country actually cares about theyr people
João Pinto (6 месяцев назад)
Ainda bem q o Dr. Jau Gulau apareceu a tempo para resolver o problema!
Raw Sauce (6 месяцев назад)
Never going to happen in the US. Otherwise how would they fill up all their private prisons if drug crimes were pretty much eradicated?
Assassam1 (6 месяцев назад)
Forgiveness and help always works best. Isn't that also what Jesus did republican leadership?
Sam 14 (6 месяцев назад)
1 in 100 Jesus Christ that’s a lot
RJ (6 месяцев назад)
Total BS. Portugal had almost 0 to none economic growth in 80/90s in comparison to other European countries and; therefore, obviously such misery caused a lot of people in society to get into such destructive modes and get into drugs as a result. However, Portugal had had an immense amount of investment coming from EU along with a new regulations attracting Foreign Direct investments, for instance, into property markets as well as introducing Foreign immigrant visas in the last few years and as a Result: a lot of that money was used to physically clean up big cities plus construction jobs contributed to a massive property boom, for instance, in Lisbon, and which is still undergoing at the moment. Therefore, more job => less time to go crazy => better focus => resulting in changes in priorities => a small group of people starts getting active =>everybody else follow
Ray Hoodoo (6 месяцев назад)
1% of the population? I can't believe that. What population? Whole population? Then take into consideration how many adults used heroin, if we subtract children and the elderly who probably didn't use heroin, or at least not as much.
Ray Hoodoo (6 месяцев назад)
low? it's seems like a lot, man! especially, including children and elders. of adult population then 20% used heroin? 30%? seems unreal.
João Pinto (6 месяцев назад)
Ray Hoodoo probably the includes childrens, that's why that number seems low, because probably they don't consume drugs, so 100 thousand persons did use heroin back in time...
MrGoodkat (6 месяцев назад)
Legalisation and regulation of drugs and treatment of addicts with wider education in the dangers of addictive drugs is the only sensible way forward.
Joseph Breen (6 месяцев назад)
The problem with the “war on drugs” is that the war was planned out in a way to fatten the pockets of the private prison system and the private rehab facilities throughout the country... look at what Bush did in 2003... he invaded the Middle East.. Afghanistan was one of the countries that was invaded and has the largest poppy seed fields in the entire world... the US lost control of the marijuana and cocaine supply coming from Hispanic countries So they needed a new drug to push and control... this is where we Are, people.. wake up!
Joseph Breen (6 месяцев назад)
And I’m not trying to sound like a conspiracy theorist... but if you look at the correlation between us invading poppy-seed-field-rich counties and the opioid epidemic we are facing today... it adds up...
Greasy nPoor (6 месяцев назад)
America seems to do everything wrong when u dont look at things through a greedy mans eyes. The money made on lock ups and prisons and rehabs and all the BS that goes with it is the reason america does what it does.
LyleGlenn (6 месяцев назад)
Comparing Portugal (10M inhabitants) to the US (325M)... Have you heard of "per capita" ;-)
Filippo Mazza (6 месяцев назад)
This video does not explain at all how they ended the war, if ever started. The war is not on people, allowed to have small amounts, but on trafficking!
Marco Ruiz (6 месяцев назад)
For all of those who say the US should do this, the use is literally 100+x the size of Portugal, bigger population, more land area makes this solution incomprehensible in the US
eta carinae (6 месяцев назад)
Yeah right here in Portugal there are tons of drug dealers and junkies
Ilia Botvinnik (6 месяцев назад)
I agree. Every adult should have a right to medicate themselves. Use of dangerous drugs should be discouraged and treated; instead, we are throwing billions of dollars at the "War on Drugs," with absolutely no win or even a noticeable change in sight!
Hesu Crispy (6 месяцев назад)
@President Duterte
MossimoH2o (6 месяцев назад)
Or less on enforcement and more on punishment
Brosky999 (6 месяцев назад)
this would be beneficial to the US but we criminalize everything here. the truth is so much money is made off of incarcerating people rather than helping them. this country is so backwards.
Imani Imani (6 месяцев назад)
Tyler Durden (6 месяцев назад)
I like the Philippine way better
stephan daoust (6 месяцев назад)
They kicked out the CIA...
Raka Pratama (6 месяцев назад)
Portugal success should lead to campaign to end the literal war on drugs, and move on to metaphorical war on drugs, by doing harm reductions
vladimir makarov (6 месяцев назад)
Women started giving guys blow jobs and so women couldn't sell sex for drugs and the men are happy that they are getting bjs that they don't turn to drugs
Jagioh Blackflag (6 месяцев назад)
All countries should follow Portugal's example on this. When a country does something right, other countries should learn from it.
Nsatiro (6 месяцев назад)
Salazar was a great hero. Not dictator
Danitao (26 дней назад)
What the actual fuck? Que heroi qual que ? ele foi so um homem que implicou uma mudança de estado de uma democracia pra uma ditadura? e sim era uma ditadura exemplos disso foram a lapis azul que era usado para censurar jornais(sem liberdade imprensa) e a pide (que torturava todos os que estavam ou tinham ideias diferentes do estado). Simples por mais que queiras ele se por muito assemelhou-se mais a um ditador do que a heroi
Jean Jacque Lundi (2 месяца назад)
Heroi? Acho piada como é sempre preto ou branco com algumas pessoas. Que caralho importa o que foi o Salazar....o tipo morreu. As figuras não importam. Quem importa é o povo português e se está bem ou se está mal.
Nsatiro (6 месяцев назад)
As mentiras dos comunistas.. Estam a cair em desuso.. A verdade emergiu devagar..
João Pinto (6 месяцев назад)
Nsatiro wtf? Ahaha
Meester Writer (6 месяцев назад)
and now the problem's 10 times worse. got offered drugs at the fucking airport as i flew in this week, seen two junkies stumbling along the road trying to flag cars down to beg for money.
Joe Blow (6 месяцев назад)
this is bs coming from big business to sway you. it's an agenda so they can get into the drug business (like what's happening with marijuana right now). whatever happened with other countries(1% b.s.), I can assure you won't apply here. and do not forget, this country(USA), is a market place First!! business prevails, and if there's no business model for it, there soon will be and it will be abused(policy, that is).
Gregory Smith (6 месяцев назад)
Can't have a rise in illegal drug use if it's legal
Super HankHill (6 месяцев назад)
Defeat your enemy by helping those allied to it, truly an effective approach.
Gus Bus (6 месяцев назад)
Too much money in keeping it illegal. I have no idea why prostitution is still illegal. law doesn’t dictate morality
Rose Knapp (6 месяцев назад)
Props to Bloomberg for this actually rational take, meanwhile mainstream America is like ‘more police should somehow alleviate this largely self-created crisis?
Joel Martins (6 месяцев назад)
sean strickland (6 месяцев назад)
Prescription drugs is way worse in the states..
JW Skeptic (6 месяцев назад)
Here in America, the private prison industry lobbies for the War on Drugs, California's 3 strikes law, and influences legislation that keeps more people behind bars and longer.
Sourish Saha (6 месяцев назад)
Pakistan and Afghanistan ia always this shit
Sourish Saha (6 месяцев назад)
the world should file this also.. drug is a bag thing
Alexandra Dun (6 месяцев назад)
Beardie-Boi- 420 (6 месяцев назад)
Only took 19 years
sayak das (6 месяцев назад)
War on Drugs done right.
Supahtripp X (6 месяцев назад)
Now do a video like this on the Philippines
Tim Allen is a scumbag (6 месяцев назад)
Trump doesn't believe Portugal is real so this system will never help the US.
huge creature (6 месяцев назад)
Its never gonna stop in the usa unless we stop voting for business people we should really stop trump and his team of rascals are gonna doom the usa because all they care about is making more money even if it kills people
AvangionQ (6 месяцев назад)
Portugal has turned their drug problem around by treating addiction as a medical issue, not a criminal one ... we need to adopt their policies to see the same thing happen here.
Daniel Spinosa (6 месяцев назад)
Yellow Penetrator (6 месяцев назад)
Why can’t every other county understand this prove right now?
Humod Albadr (6 месяцев назад)
I thought this was a meme
Fagot Reich (6 месяцев назад)
Governments should sell and subsidize drugs and drag their prices so low it would put the dealers out of bussiness. They make the profit on top. If you cant fight the devil make him work for you
MiguelPpM (6 месяцев назад)
ISLAM is Satan's masterpiece - est satanique (6 месяцев назад)
Countries around the world should follow Portugal.

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