Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
versão impressa ISSN 0104-1169
VARGENS, Octavio Muniz da Costa et al. Use of illicit drugs and critical perspectives of drug users' relatives and acquaintances in Northern Rio de Janeiro (City), Brazil. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2009, vol.17, n.spe, pp. 776-782. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692009000700004.
This article presents the partial results of a multicenter, qualitative study, which involved seven Latin-American countries and Canada. The results presented refer to Northern Rio de Janeiro (city), Brazil. The objective of the study was to describe the perspective of relatives/acquaintances of illicit drug users about protective and risk factors, prevention initiatives, treatment services, and legal aspects regarding illicit drugs. Interviews were performed with 99 individuals, who reported being affected by their relationship with an illicit drug user (relative or acquaintance), approaching their perspectives regarding the key-domains. Most participants were women (73.7%); relatives who used drugs were mostly men (78.2%); the most consumed drug was marijuana (77.8%). The highlighted protective factor was having recreational-sports activities in the community (88.9%), and the risk factor was curiosity for trying something new (94.4%). The main treatment services were Church Groups (51.5%), and participants stated that laws should be more punitive (82.8%). In conclusion, this information is essential to fight against drug use/abuse, showing that there is a need for actions that consider different perspectives at different levels.
Palavras-chave : street drugs; Latin America; family.