Drugs: President Lula and main points of anti-crack plan in Brazil.
President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
The brazilian government plans to invest $ 215 million dollars on campaigns, treatment and suppression of trafficking. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed on Thursday (20) a decree establishing the Comprehensive Plan to Combat Crack. In the event that signed the decree, Lula said he was especially concerned with the scope of the drug that, according to the president, left the big cities and came to small towns.
The anti-crack plan is divided into areas such as health, security and social assistance to former addicts, and a national campaign of prevention and awareness about the risk of the drug.
The main chapters of the plan are the following:
The Justice Department will lead the installation of 11 border posts that will help in combating trafficking in crack. According to the Minister Luiz Barreto, drugs, mostly coming from outside, and what the country wants is to prevent it from reaching Brazil. Baker pointed out that Brazil is not considered a drug producing country but a country of “transit”. Five of these stations will be installed by 2010.
By the end of the year the Ministry of Health wants to double the number of beds that could be used by addicts. Today there are 2500 beds , and the plan will expand it up to 5,000. The ministry estimates that the cost of these specialty beds will reach $100 million per year. The plan also provides for the installation of over 136 specialized centers for alcohol and drugs, the CAPS-AD. The Ministry also wants to expand the project Offices Street, offered to lead teams of health – social workers, nursing assistants and professionals in mental health – to the places where drug users gather. This is one of the main mechanisms for achieving the socalled “cracolândias”. 14 today are financed municipal projects. This new plan provides for 35 more.
The plan also foresees the construction of 60 houses of passage – structures designed to house alcohol abusers at risk, and also host the users of crack and other drugs. In these places, people who wish they can feed, bathe or rest.
Besides advertising campaign, which will not name the federal government and will be available to all media, the plan presented on Thursday by the team of Lula’s government plans to invest in the training of specialized manpower in the fight against drugs and assistance to users.
Will be offered specialized courses and professional master’s degree in management from the treatment of crack users and other drugs. The courses will be offered in five federal universities for professionals working in the network of health care and social protection.