What are the differences in the behavior of drug users in the Netherlands with drug users in the USA?

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There are three main differences in the behaviors of drug users in the Netherlands and drug users in the United States. They are as follows:

  1. There are less drug related occurrences of violent incidents in the Netherlands than there are in the United States. Statistics show that approximately 75% of...

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There are three main differences in the behaviors of drug users in the Netherlands and drug users in the United States. They are as follows:

  1. There are less drug related occurrences of violent incidents in the Netherlands than there are in the United States. Statistics show that approximately 75% of drug users in the United States have committed a violent act as opposed to only 25% of drug users in the Netherlands. Illegal drug distribution in the United States is also more prevalent due to the fact that all drug use is illegal in the United States. However, illegal drug sales in the Netherlands has increased in the past decade.
  2. There is less overall drug usage in the Netherlands than in the United States. Approximately 17% of the population in the Netherlands are drug users compared to 25% of the population in the United States. This is related to the decreased demand for illicit drugs in the Netherlands. The Netherlands has one of the most liberal drug policies in the world, and the sale and use of certain drugs is legal in the Netherlands.
  3. Drug-related symptoms and behaviors in the United States are more severe (i.e. paranoia, anxiety, angry outbursts) due to the types of drugs used in the United States. The drug policy in the Netherlands mandates that individuals 18 years and older can legally use "soft drugs" such as marijuana, hash, and sedatives. As a result, the majority of drug users in the Netherlands use "soft drugs." The majority of drug users in the United States use harsher drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and meth. As a result, drug users in the United States exhibit more severe behaviors and experience increased physical consequences.
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