Georgetown University Law Center

In 2001, Portugal implemented a groundbreaking policy that decriminalized personal possession of drugs, while maintaining criminal penalties for drug trafficking. Amidst record-breaking overdose death rates in the United States, what lessons can we learn from Portugal as we seek to curb overdose rates and build a comprehensive approach to addiction centered in public health?

Date: July 11, 2023
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Location: 500 First Street NW, Georgetown University Law Center (In-Person) | Zoom (Virtual)

Please join the O’Neill Institute’s Addiction and Public Policy Initiative for a timely conversation with Dr. João Goulão, Portugal’s General-Director for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies. Dr. Goulão will be joined by U.S. policy experts to discuss the future of addiction policy in the U.S. and globally.

Opening Remarks: Regina LaBelle, Director, Addiction and Public Policy Initiative, O’Neill Institute


This event will be live-captioned. A captioned version of this presentation will also be made available shortly by July 18, 2023, on O’Neill’s YouTube page.

The O’Neill Institute’s Addiction and Public Policy Initiative is grateful to C4 Recovery Foundation for its support for this event.


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