Research produced by the É de Lei Coexistence Center reveals that police action in the Cracolândia region, in São Paulo, intensified during the covid-19 pandemic.
The study also observed that services such as therapeutic communities, with a strong religious influence, have hindered the adoption of harm reduction techniques.
To talk about the main topics of this research, the Central do Brasil interviewed communicator and harm reductionist Ana Luiza Uwai. She spoke about the different aspects of the research, in particular the strength of “moralism” as an obstacle for the State to adopt harm reduction as a strategy in health and social assistance services.
“We have a drug policy that is only prohibitionist. This prohibitionism and this moralism prevent harm reduction from being actually effective. The State has a lot of difficulty in facing this”, he explained.
For the researcher, the growing investment in therapeutic communities reveals the political influence of the religious segment within the State.
“In recent years, investment in therapeutic communities, which are often linked to evangelical churches, has a lot to do with this, not least because people who are in the leadership of these communities are also people who occupy decision-making spaces within the government”
On the other hand, the research captured that people who are in Cracolândia prefer harm reduction services offered by non-governmental organizations. They cite, among other reasons, the welcoming and less judgmental attitude of the team involved.
“Saying ‘don’t use drugs’ is something that has not worked. Abstinence as the only strategy does not work and will not work”, he added.
In the interview, Ana Luiza also spoke about the advance of real estate speculation in the region and how this movement has favored hygienist policies.
The complete interview with the researcher can be seen in this Friday’s (10th) edition of the Central do Brasil program.
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The program Central do Brasil is a production of Brazil in fact. It is displayed from Monday to Friday, live, always at 12:30 pm, by Red TVT and partner broadcasters.
Editing: Thalita Pires
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