Swiss Drug policy Comparison Essay

Swiss Drug policy
An analysis of the Swiss drug policy and how it differs from the United States' policy.
# 118892 | 786 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Mar 12, 2010 in Political Science (Non-U.S.) , Law (Criminal) , Criminology (Drugs Enforcement)

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This paper examines how the Swiss government's program of fighting illegal drug use and addiction by offering drugs themselves has caused a drop in drug use and decreased the profitability of illegal drug trafficking. The paper analyzes the effectiveness of Switzerland's official policy on drug use and compares it briefly to the policy in the United States.

From the Paper:

"It is also important to note that Switzerland is made up of 26 different states or cantons. Each canton, in addition to adherence to federal law, enacts their own set of laws and statutes. In some cantons drug parks are legal, while in others they are not. This makes it increasingly difficult to map the effect drug policies have had on the Swiss population as a whole, if not region by region."
"Swiss drug policies serve as a template for countries worldwide looking to tame the scourge of drug addiction and illegal drug activity and its socioeconomic effects on a population. By instituting these drug policies along with a more compassionate view on drug use and addiction, Switzerland seems to be, if not totally eradicating, at least managing the rates of drug addiction and the health issues that compound them."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anonymous. "Responsible drug use" November 20 (
  • November 20 html?siteSect=105&sid=10032560
  • Drug "drugnpolicy around the world" November 23
  • Joe Santangelo "Switzerland's liberal drug policy seems to work, study says" November 24

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"Swiss Drug policy" 12 March 2010. Web. 29 November. 2022. <>