The Brazilian State Secretary of Health, Sergio Cortes, explained that the drug discussion continues to be more bound to the sphere of Security than that of Health, due to Brazil’s increasing use of crack, a drug that has increased concerns because it is closely associated to violence. However, other drugs, including some legal drugs, such as alcohol, bring as much or even more harm to society. He explained that during the opening of the international seminar, Health and Drug Policies: It’s Time to Change of December 17th.
Also present at the opening of the seminar, the president of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) and the Brazilian Commission on Drugs and Democracy (CBDD), Paulo Gadelha, similarly argued that the drug issue should be thought of more holistically and integrate different actors of society.
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