The controversial magazine supporting Danish drug addicts

The Big Issue is known worldwide as a magazine that helps homeless people to get some cash. But in Denmark a controversial take on the idea has drug addicts selling a new magazine to help fund their habits.

Drug addicts are encouraged to sell « a cultural magazine about drugs » called Illegal! as a way to avoid turning to crime. « We have to try to deal with this problem in a way where we give the drug users more dignity », Mark Olsen, the founder of the magazine, argues. But with an estimated 800 drug addicts already coming to Copenhagen’s red light district every day and around 8,000 users across the city, is it set to help or hinder the fight against drug addiction?

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