Sweden Tough Drug Laws

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Crystal Gleason
Professor Kilguss
Comparative Government
April 18, 2014

Sweden: Not so Sweet on Drugs

Located in Northern Europe, Sweden lies on the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula sharing boundaries with neighboring Denmark, Finland and Norway. Officially known as the kingdom of Sweden, by size it is the third largest country in the European Union with a population of 9.6 million. Sweden follows a parliamentary democratic form of government where the people elect representatives into parliament and they in turn elect a prime minister to lead the group. This Nordic country is known for its neutrality in times of conflict, and avoids making allies in times of peace. Sweden is an export-oriented country that’s economy is reliant on trade of a variety of goods with Europe and the rest of the world.
The land of IKEA, meatballs, vodka and Vikings is often looked to as a role model due to its successful welfare policies and strong economy. Sweden takes care of its people with a cradle to the grave system, making sure all of its citizens have access to healthcare, higher education, and retirement benefits. The United States could benefit from looking at the successes of Sweden’s no tolerance approach to drugs.
A recent news article from The Local titled, “Sweden’s Tough Drug Laws Leaves addicts behind” highlights Sweden’s zero tolerance approach towards drug use and its impact that it has had on the country. Sweden has some of the toughest drug laws in Europe, and consequently the lowest drug consumption rates in the world. Their drug policy puts emphasis on prevention providing funding for extensive drug awareness programs through preschool and up. Strict Police enforcement is a key part of the program and Swedish civilians are aware that these do not law is not taken lightly. Even if suspected of being high, a person can be detained by…...

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