This is the second edition of the report of the office of the Ombudsman for Drug Dependent People. Specific criminal cases clearly demonstrated the gap between the objectives of the Act on Counteracting Drug Addiction, and the practice of its enforcement. Analysis of the cases included in this report shows that despite the announced changes, law enforcement continues to produce criminals prosecuting recreational users and drgu dependent people instead of effectively eliminate drug dealers.
The Polish drug law is the second most restrictive in Europe, after the drug law in Belarus. The Act on Counteracting Drug Addiction requires immediate change. Based onthe current legal provisions every 3 minutes a person is detained being suspected of illegaldrug possession. Annually this number exceeds 30,000 people.
Changes in the law recommended by the Polish Drug Policy Network
The Polish Drug Policy Network initiated and developed, with the support of the experts, a draft amendment which proposed two fundamental changes aimed at both humanizing the Drug Act and applying the European standards to it.