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Iceland´s Health Ministry Workgroup: Limit Some Drug Crime Sentences To Fines

A workgroup assembled by the Ministry of Health has recommended that the punishment for the possession or use of illegal drugs be limited solely to fines. The prospect of jail time, the workgroup contends, prevents people from seeking help out of fear of landing in serious legal trouble.

“The marginalisation is itself more dangerous than most of these substances, and results in death or extensive damage,” workgroup member Borgar Þór Einarsson told RÚV. “This is, in our opinion, a situation that doesn’t do anyone good.”

If someone is overdosing in the presence of others, he said, those people could face criminal charges if they call for help.

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