Norway to sentence some drug addicts to treatment rather than prison

Norway’s courts will now be able to sentence drug-addicted convicts to treatment programmes instead of sending them to jail.

Following successful trials in Bergen and Oslo, the narkotikaprogrammet (narcotics programme) is being introduced nationwide, effective immediately.

Announcing the expansion of the programme, Justice Minister Anders Andundsen said: “We’re rolling out a program that has been tested since 2006, in which addicts have been sentenced to treatment with concrete follow-up.”

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