It has been 16 years since Portugal decriminalized drug possession and in that time there has been a lot of talk and at times misrepresentation of the facts.

The truth is in that time there has been a significant improvement to the drug problem in Portugal, most notably in substance related deaths and HIV rates.  This is not solely due to the decriminalisation of possessing drugs, it also has to do with the whole country looking at substance use and users through a health care model and creating social change.