In the Netherlands we used to view the rest of the world’s “war on drugs” with a certain disdain. The solutions were to prohibit, criminalize and toughen penalties and sentences; while our relatively successful national drug policy focused for decades on reducing health risks to users.
We tolerate soft drugs such as cannabis, the personal consumption of which is permitted under certain conditions. Although hard drugs are technically illegal, possession of small quantities, such as half a gram of hard drugs or an ecstasy pill, is not typically prosecuted. The Police did take forceful measures against large drug traffickers, who generally only operated within the country. There were drug crimes and even murders, but they remained traceable and largely controllable. Drug trafficking practically barely affected our economy or our daily lives.