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Revista Psicologia Política

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REGO, Nara Gomes; OLIVEIRA, Pedro Renan Santos de; LIMA, Aluísio Ferreira de  and  HOLANDA, Renata Bessa. Poverty and drugs policies: documents of surveillance and tecnification. Rev. psicol. polít. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.38, pp.72-89. ISSN 1519-549X.

This study sought to understand how the category of poverty is pre-sented in documents that reference the current local Public Policies in the field of alcohol and other drugs, in the context of the Brazilian Psychiatric Reform. The analysis of international and national documents was crossed by the phytosociological perspective, situated in the materialistic historical-dialectics tradition. The discussion took place through two thematic categories, reflecting the contradiction, on the one hand, the prohibitionist paradigm, when related to the Brazilian reality of poverty, and, on the other hand, on the technicalization of health care. It became evident that the relationship of the society with drugs is permeated by the process of institutionalization through the technicalization of the practices in which individuals and groups are disre-garded in their specific needs, disrespecting the context of the cultural scene, at the mercy of institutional arbitrariness and homogenization of actions.

Keywords : Poverty; Drugs policies; Political psychology; Psychiatric reform; Harm reduction.

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