Vulnerable among the Vulnerable: Drug Users in Situations of Poverty and Indigence in Argentina

Vivas, Luis Enrique; Radulich, Graciela; Bruno, Daniela
December 2003
Clinical Infectious Diseases;12/15/2003 Supplement 5, Vol. 37, pS358
Academic Journal
To study drug use in the context of poverty, it is necessary to undertake a complex analysis of various perspectives to understand the dense interweaving of socioeconomic, political, and cultural factors involved in the problem. The analysis of this social scenario was our starting point in planning holistic actions for the prevention of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and other illnesses related to drug use. Merely copying successful models from developed countries, which are designed for other contexts and populations, would result in insufficient and ineffective actions. The Asociación Civil Cristiana Recuper-ación Atención de Drogadependientes (ACCRAD), also known as "El Retoño" ("sprout"), is a nongovernmental organization that has been working since 1985 to consolidate a model of analysis and intervention that considers this complex framework and seeks to meet the needs of drug users from the poorest sectors of society. Our research on the use of drugs and its relationship to poverty, together with the documentation of harm-reduction interventions, has been carried out since 1997.


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