The crack epidemic is one of the most serious phenomena at the interface between public health and security. What makes it particularly bad is the recognized difficulty of overcoming addiction. Well, the Federal University of São Paulo conducted a research with 50 crack addicts who underwent an experimental treatment of harm reduction.Under the guidance of the psychiatrist Dartiu Xavier, the group was treated with marijuana. Of that total, 68% switched from crack to marijuana. At the end of three years, all of those who made the switch did not use any kinds of drugs anymore (neither crack nor marijuana). Note down there: all of them.
I imagined that with the dissemination of these results by Gilberto Dimenstein, in the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo on May 24, there would be considerable interest about the study. Nothing. The answer to the most impressive result of overcoming addiction to crack cocaine in Brazil was the silence. The medicinal use of marijuana has been allowed in dozens of countries including the USA. Around here, the subject remains banned by irrationality. It is clear that marijuana use can produce harmful effects. We know that abuse can lead the user to problems with concentration and memory and in some people, use is correlated to the precipitation of schizophrenic outbreaks. But to criminalize drug use and experiments designed to prevent medical use goes a distance that tends to be covered by intolerance and obscurantism.
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