Tough local drug law enforcement ‘making innocent people homeless’

‘It is a sign that the whole battle against drugs has gone mad’
Dutch News (Netherlands)
Friday, May 14, 2021

Tough anti-drug enforcement is making innocent citizens and children homeless, according to ombudsmen in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. Each year ‘dozens’ of family members find themselves on the streets because a member of the household has been discovered in possession of drugs or linked with criminality. Local mayors have the power to immediately close down a building if drugs are found there, but according to ombudsmen this can mean completely innocent family members and children losing their rental contracts and being unfairly discredited. Although buildings are typically only closed for a few months, the incident can often mean that people lose their housing contracts for good.