Which country has the strictest drug laws, and how do they deal with illegal drugs?

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Though many Americans assume that the US is exceptionally hard on drugs (especially in comparison with other countries like Portugal, which recently legalized drugs), there are many countries with much stricter drugs laws. An example of one such country is the People's Republic of China, where murder and drug trafficking...

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Though many Americans assume that the US is exceptionally hard on drugs (especially in comparison with other countries like Portugal, which recently legalized drugs), there are many countries with much stricter drugs laws. An example of one such country is the People's Republic of China, where murder and drug trafficking are both grounds for execution. In fact, in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Iran, an individual can be put to death for possession of a certain quantity of illegal drugs. Opium is the largest problem in Iran, because it is produced in the nearby Afghanistan. In Malaysia, the death penalty is reserved for those who sell drugs. In Vietnam, simply possessing 1.3 pounds of heroin guarantees the death penalty.

In addition to capital punishment, mandatory rehab is the punishment for demonstrated drug use in both China and Thailand. Apart from mandatory rehabilitation, incarceration and deportation are other punishments often employed. Dubai and Malaysia both resort to deportation in extreme cases. In Dubai, certain drugs that are legal with a prescription in the United States are illegal and punishable by incarceration. Dubai is also known to have a strict drug policy that stipulates that even a failed drug test (in the absence of possession of any drugs) can result in jail time for offenders.

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