Portugal: 10 Years of Decriminalized Drugs

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Here’s a good Boston Globe report on the first decade of Portugal’s bold experiment with drug decriminalization and increased treatment. Ten years ago, Portugal — whose drug problem had been spiraling out of control — decided to treat drug addiction as a public health matter, not as a criminal matter. They decriminalized possession of drugs, and increased treatment available to addicts, and experienced an immediate, dramatic and sustained drop in negative effects from drug use — though the use of some drugs went up…

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Decriminalizing Drug Use in Portugal: 5 Years Later

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Prescription Drugs are Drugs Too, Often as Dangerous as so called “Street” Drugs.

While people in the United States endlessly debate what should be done with the country’s drug problem, Portugal went ahead and decriminalize the use and possession of illicit drugs 5 years ago.

Here’s what the country learned…

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Searaser Uses Wave Power To Store Energy

Searaser Uses Wave Power To Store Energy 

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We’re stoked about that wave farm off the coast of Portugal, and now along comes another innovation that could top that: Searaser, a buoy-like device attached to the sea floor that uses wave power to pump water 650 feet uphill. When the energy is needed, that same water flows through a downhill pipe, powering a hydroelectric generator. This picture shows a small prototype, but its inventors say Searaser in its full-sized form could supply power to 470 houses.

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Mannequins Decorate Portugal Bathrooms

Mannequins Decorate Portugal Bathrooms

Men use public bathrooms decorated with female mannequins at a shopping center in Sao Joao da Madeira, northern. You might be surprised to come across a scantily clad model in a public bathroom, but shoppers at Portugal’s Eight Avenue mall in Sao Joao da Madeira are beginning to like it. Spread across the mens’ and ladies’ bathrooms, mannequins scantily dressed stand in suggestive poses as visitors meet them, first with shock, then with a smile. More photos after the jump.

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