Brazil Continues Debate on Forced Treatmemt
Brazil is the world’s largest consumer of cocaine. With a steady increase of drug abuse, and in particular crack use, they are desperate to stop the spread. Brazilian authorities are debating the proposal to forcibly intern hose using cocaine and its derivatives. Rio de Janeiro is the proactive leader in helping homeless drug addicts through pre-dawn raids led by the welfare department, the police and health care workers. Over 500 people had been picked up.
During the raids drug addicts are seen fighting, crying and screaming. Many do not want to be taken to a facility, while others go without any issue. The adults in treatment are not forced to stay, so many leave after a few days. Children are either returned to their parents or kept in specialize treatment facilities against their will.
Human rights groups are oppose to children being kept against t heir will in these treatment programs, because patients forced into treatment are unlikely to remain sober. The human rights groups also question the amount of forced used in the raids.
The federal government in Brazil has spent $2 billion to fight the cocaine epidemic. The funding will go to train health care workers, buy beds at hospitals and shelters, and create transitional recovery centers.
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