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SMAD. Revista eletrônica saúde mental álcool e drogas

On-line version ISSN 1806-6976

SMAD, Rev. Eletrônica Saúde Mental Álcool Drog. (Ed. port.) vol.3 no.1 Ribeirão Preto Aug. 2007

 

EDITORIAL

 

Margarita Antonia Villar Luis -
Editor-in-Chief

 

As the electronic journal SMAD reaches its sixth issue, we would like to highlight the importance of the prestige you readers grant us by sending your papers or consulting the articles that are published. That is what keeps the journal active and encourages us to work for permanent improvement.

We are pleased to inform you that SMAD has already been indexed in the following databases: BVS Pepsic, Redalyc and Latindex, and that we are also awaiting a position from LILACS. The Brazilian Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) is ranking SMAD as National C.

We are aware that the road ahead is long, at a time when researchers, especially those affiliated with Higher Education Institutions, are under increasing pressure to publish in journals indexed in international databases. However, every beginning is humble, all the more when one is fighting to obtain financial resources to materialize efforts aimed at transforming SMAD into a prestigious scientific dissemination journal.

Hence, we repeat our gratitude for your participation, and also highlight the essential help of different people involved in the editing process of the journal.

In this issue, articles on alcohol and drugs are predominant. The last article, but the first to be commented on, pictures the scenario of mental suffering in the community, highlighting morbidity and mortality data and showing what problems have affected the population more frequently.

In this general sense, the critical analysis on Brazilian public policies related to alcohol and other drugs and their users deserves special attention. This reflection is based on public documents launched to guide several segments of society, including health professionals.

Within this same logic, the article about social representations on drugs and their users in the Spanish society adds another country’s perception of this phenomenon, discussing changes in tendencies, the risks associated with the consumption of psychoactive substances in the Mediterranean culture, as well as its potential to favor people’s reflection about the consequences of experimenting and, in the last instance, to promote behavioral changes.

Two articles look at drug addicts; one focuses on how alcohol users perceive themselves, as well as the daily difficulties they experience due to the use of this substance. The other addresses the resocialization of chemical dependents in general who are street dwellers, highlighting the need to attribute greater relevance to social and economic aspects in this process.

Finally, the first article in this issue discusses a theme that shows that, even in the 21st century, certain issues like homosexuality still face intolerance and social rejection, also evidencing that family support groups can be a successful strategy to promote the inclusion of children who made choices that differ from social standards. In this article, like others that also report on experiences involving “diverters”, the mother stands out as a support member in the family context.

In a way, this issue managed to grant visibility to different themes present in the context of care and research. Enjoy your reading.

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