Hailed by the government as a success, critics argue that it forces people into treatment.
Norway is implementing a new approach to treat drug users, one that expands its current drug court program. Instead of sending drug users to prison, Norwegian courts now have thepower to sentence convicted drug users to rehabilitation.
The measure, called narkotikaprogram, was trialled in the cities of Oslo and Bergen in 2006. It gave drug users an ultimatum to avoid prison by signing up for substance use treatment. The treatment was tailored to each individual drug user by a multidisciplinary team of experts and health specialists.
The Fix, February 22, 2016
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