(UPDATE: MANY TRAVEL BOOKS SAY THAT GREECE HAS NO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WITH OPIATES IN THEM AND THAT IT IS ILLEGAL TO BRING THEM TO GREECE AS WELL. THESE BOOKS ARE 100% WRONG. IF YOU HAVE A PRESCRIPTION FROM YOUR HOME DOCTOR OR FROM A GREEK DOCTOR..YOU ARE 100% LEGAL. IF YOU ARE ON IOS AND YOU FORGOT YOUR PAINKILLERS BACK HOME AND YOU ARE BUGGING OUT..NO WORRIES!! GO SEE DR. YIANNIS ON THE MAIN ROAD AND TELL HIM YOUR AILMENTS.)
MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN TO IOS WONDER IF THE RUMOURS OF IT BEING A WILD AND CRAZY PARTY ISLAND ARE TRUE. WELL, IT IS DEFINITELY A PARTY ISLAND BUT DUE TO THE CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL DRUGS MANY YEARS AGO...IOS WENT FROM AN ISLAND WITH DRUGS SOMEWHAT AVAILABLE TO A PLACE THAT IS ALMOST TOTALLY DRY OF ANY PILLS, POT, OR POWDER. EXCEPT FOR THE TOURISTS WHO RISK SMUGGLING IN STUFF THEMSELVES, MANY PARTIERS ON THE ISLAND HAVE TO STICK TO ALCOHOL TO GET WASTED. HERE IS AN EXCERPT FROM NORML.ORG:
Greek law makes no distinction between hard and soft drugs, although an interesting distinction that the law does make is between addicts and non-addicts. Drug use is only an offense when the user is a non-addict. Addicts obtaining drugs for personal use are compelled to treatment. An addict is defined as "any person who, having succumbed to the habit of drug use, is incapable of overcoming it without the help of specialized therapy." A specialist is enlisted by the court to draw up a report on anyone accused of or claiming to be an addict. Dependent users cannot be criminally prosecuted, but they are mandated to treatment for up to one year at a detoxification center. Non-addicts acquiring drugs for personal use is a crime punishable by two to five years of prison. The length of the sentence depends on the amount of drugs obtained and/or possessed. Possession by non-addicts with a view to use is not a specific offense, but it is covered indirectly under the laws of acquisition. Trafficking through negligence results in up to one year imprisonment while trafficking given aggravating circumstances carries a penalty of up to eight years in prison.
SO, AS YOU CAN SEE, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER YOU CAN GO TO JAIL JUST FOR SMOKING A SPLIFF WITH YOUR MATES. I RECOMMEND THAT YOU STAY CLEAN WHILE YOU ARE IN GREECE. BUT IF YOU HAVE TO DO DOPE, PLEASE TRY AND KEEP IT OUT OF VIEW. I SEEN SOME KIDS SMOKING POT AT FAR OUT BEACH IN FRONT OF EVERYONE WITH BIG, DUMB SMILES ON THEIR FACES. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW THAT AN UNDERCOVER COP THAT LOOKED LIKE A 17 YEAR OLD BUSTED SOME BLOKE DOING THE SAME THING THE WEEK BEFORE AND THEN RAIDED HIS ROOM AND CONFISCATED A WHOLE KILO OF LOW GRADE SMOKE. IF YOU SMOKE POT, DO IT ON YOUR BALCONY OR EVEN BETTER INSIDE YOUR ROOM. CHANCES ARE, THE HOTEL OWNER WANTS YOU TO HAVE FUN AND WILL NOT SNITCH ON HIS CUSTOMERS ANYWAY. IF YOU DO HARDER DRUGS, MAKE SURE YOU DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND HAVE THE EMERGENCY ROOM PHONE NUMBER ON YOU AS WELL. TRY NOT TO CARRY STUFF AROUND THE ISLAND AS YOU PARTY. BELIEVE ME, THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS CALL YOUR PARENTS TO TELL THEM YOU ARE SPENDING THE REST OF YOUR VACATION IN JAIL. REMEMBER, UNDERCOVERS AND THEIR INFORMANTS ARE ON THE PROWL.