The Paradox of the War on Drugs

The international conversation around ending the war on drugs has been going on for decades, yet a clear unravelment has not been found so far. However, what if i told you, that a policy as paradoxical as decriminalizing drug use, is universally praised for it´s effectiveness in response to defeating the drug war?

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Coronavirus outbreak

Global pandemic

We have all been living in an unreal time, something we have not had a chance to prepare for, and which has affected our lives quite badly, the COVID-19 pandemic has also greatly affected the quota refugee system. The government has an annual refugee quota of 850 to 1050 persons per year. In the recent months approximately 300 refugees have been able to arrive, which is considerably less than the amount where Finland was counting on. The pandemic has delayed access to safety drastically. For tens of thousands of people, restricting global mobility means that life as a refugee in awful circumstances is further extended.

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Lives Left Ungrievable

-The concerning rise in drug deaths-

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In an era where retrieving drugs can be more or less, as simple as an order from the internet, a delivery to your doorstep like pizza, getting your hands on drugs is easier than ever.

Considering even this revelation alone, the boost in drug-related deaths might not come as a big shocker to you.

Even so, drug-related deaths are often invisible in the eyes of the society, due to the heavily criminalized and stigmatized image that drug abusers carry. Yet, as the peek in death numbers remains a worrisome occurrence, this matter can not be overlooked. As a future social services worker myself, i cannot help but ponder on this issue.

That brings me here, assembling questions such as what stands behind these booming death numbers ,who do they include and ultimately, is there something that can be done to diminish the severity of this dispute?

In light of reinforcing inclusion, here´s hoping that by bringing forward this incidence i will be able to raise awareness, increase empathy and thus, humanize drug abusers.

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About substance abuse in Finland

To kick things off with this blog I have collected some information about substance use and abuse in Finland. As I wasn´t that familiar with the subject myself I felt that it might be useful to start from the basics before getting deeper into other issues surrounding this topic.

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