Drug Policy Around the World

This is a really interesting time for drug policy as jurisdictions around the world are implementing extreme and widely divergent approaches to recreational drug use that amount to an amazing series of social experiments in how to address drug problems.

Portugal represents one end of a liberalization continuum. Since the early 2000’s they have approached drug use as a health rather than a Justice issue and encourage treatment while still conforming to the WHO treaties on dealing in class A B and C drug categories. The result is that pretty much any drug can be used in Portugal without legal consequences.


Matrix Program

PsychMed has introduced the Matrix intensive outpatient methamphetamine treatment program to South Australia and was the first organisation to offer this program to the general public in Australia. The program originally developed in the US by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and has been described as the “Gold Standard” for methamphetamine…