Review of Swedish Drug Policy 2003 Stockholm University, Department of Criminology.
Sweden has assumed a unique position among European nations, adopting a total
prohibition model and emphasising a restrictive approach. At the official level, Swedish
policy has been presented as a success both in relation to the less restrictive policy previously followed in Sweden, and to the policies of other countries.
The drugs question has once again become topical since levels of drug use have risen
sharply following an earlier decline. The Government has appointed a special co? ordinator on drugs issues, who is now working under the banner “Mobilisation against
drugs”. The Government is also expected to furnish a large amount of money for this mobilisation.
A number of academics and researchers have long been critical of various aspects of Swedish drug policy. At the same time, the debate surrounding this issue has been polarised and in a state of deadlock, which has made it very difficult for those with alternative viewpoints to make themselves heard. In the context of the new and more
open situation prevailing at the present time, some researchers wish here to present
their views on Swedish drug policy.
- Mats Ekendahl (Stockholm University)
- Markus Heilig (Karolinska Institutet)
- Magnus Hörnqvist (Stockholm University)
- Leif Lenke (Stockholm University)
- Börje Olsson (Stockholm University)
- Henrik Tham (Stockholm University)
- Dolf Tops (Lund University)
- Per Ole Träskman (Lund University)