“The Pense Livre [Think Free] Network is aware of the complexity of the drug issue. They acknowledge that the current policy of criminalizing drug users does more damage to individuals and to society than drug use itself. For this reason, the group stands for innovation and the development of better practices based on scientific evidence and successful international experience. Only then we will begin to break the vicious cycle of marginalization, corruption, incarceration and violence that results from a repressive approach to controlling drugs”, explains Ilona Szabo de Carvalho, Pense Livre’s co-founder and executive director of IgarapÈ Institute, an NGO based in Rio de Janeiro that coordinates the network.
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