People Who Use Drugs Are Demanding Their Rights In Norway, Finding Support From Influential Voices

More than 90 academics, politicians and lawyers in Norway have signed a public statement in support of the country's organizations that fight for the rights of people who use drugs and their right to be heard and included in political decisions. The petition was published on February 12 in Norway's largest daily newspaper, Verdens Gang. Signatories include two former Supreme Court judges and the leader of the Liberal Democrat party.

The group of Norwegian organizations believe that personal drug use should be decriminalized and that drugs should be regulated within the law, instead of a counterproductive blanket prohibition. People who use drugs in Norway also want better access to quality voluntary treatment while recognizing that most people who use drugs are healthy, productive individuals who do not require treatment. Their demands for decriminalization find support at the World Health Organization and U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights....

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