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Portugal’s Successful Experience with Integrating People Who Use Drugs with Care

In July 2001, Portugal decriminalised the personal use and possession of all illicit drugs. At the time, the decision was a world first, and since then, organisations across Lisbon have continued to advocate for the health and social needs of people who use drugs.

A post goes behind the scenes of three organisations – CRESCER, GAT, and Ares do Pinhal – that are all working on different ways to provide hepatitis C testing and treatment for some of Lisbon’s most marginalised drug-using communities. The organisations provide hepatitis C care not in isolation but instead framed within broader health services, social support and through housing first initiatives that seek to holistically improve the quality of life in the long term.

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