The war on drugs has been raging for decades with very little forward movement. There is a consensus that it simply is not working, and now is the time to try something new. Laws and regulations in Kentucky need to change if there is ever going to be a time when the drug problem is fully under control. Starting with looking at what is wrong with current drug policies can help.

Forbes explains that comparing America’s failing drug policy system to that of Portugal, which has seen great success, can give you a better idea of where we are going wrong. For example, expanding treatment and care programs to make sure they are reaching those who have a drug addiction. Along this same line, offering treatments that are easily accessible, such as traveling clinics that come into the communities that need it the most.

Another great idea from Portugal’s system is decriminalization. While the U.S. has started on the path to decriminalization, the focus has been mainly on marijuana. Portugal decriminalized all drugs. This does not mean that people caught with drugs have no consequences. It simply made laws very black and white and introduced more treatment-based measures instead of putting people in jail.

Training for all public officials and law enforcement also has helped the system in Portugal. Teaching those in powerful positions about addiction and about how to help people with addictions can lead to a change in mindset that brings about positive change naturally.

If the U.S. could adopt similar policies and procedures, it could be the best way to fight drugs effectively because it is working out very well in Portugal. This information is for education and is not legal advice.