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Harm reduction for people who use crack: a best practice from Brazil

One of the special services ‘Programa Atitude’ in Recife, Brazil has is a temporary house for women and female transgender people who use drugs.

For more than 90% of clients, crack cocaine is their primary drug of choice. The people in the programme are threatened by violence and/or are mothers (to be). Kids up to 2 years can live with their mothers in this house. The programme team works on strengthening self-care, mother-child bond, family links and autonomy. While in the project, many start doing informal jobs – cleaning, selling food and drinks – to get some money. 

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Map of the eight best practices across the world

Mainline is well underway with the second phase of our research on harm reduction for people who use ‘uppers’ (stimulant drugs). The map shows the different locations where this study brings us. Click on the photo to see the full poster.




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Harm reduction for stimulant users
With the support of the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD), a project implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a team of three Mainline researchers conduct a study into effective harm reduction interventions for stimulant users. The study includes a detailed description of eight best practices in different world regions. 


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