The use of "virado" as a harm reduction strategy among crack users in the State of Pernambuco, Brazil

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The aim of the study is to discuss the use of crack in the form of "virado" as a harm reduction strategy in Pernambuco, Brazil. This is a cross-sectional study with a qualitative approach in which semi-structured interviews were conducted regarding aspects related to the culture of crack use with 39 crack users between March and August 2016. Participants were recruited using saturation criteria and data were analyzed through content analysis. Respondents discussed the use of "virado" and compared its effects in relation to crack, addressing improvement in interpersonal relationships, libido, and noncompulsive drug use, which can all be understood as harm reduction strategies. On the other hand, equipment sharing for the use of "virado" was identified as a high-risk practice with regards to the transmission of infectious diseases. Knowing about the culture of crack use in different contexts is essential in order to plan and develop health care actions.

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de Almeida, R. B. F., Santos, N. T. V., de Brito, A. M., de Brito e Silva, K. S., de Jesus Almeida Alves Jacques, I., & Nappo, S. A. (2020). The use of “virado” as a harm reduction strategy among crack users in the State of Pernambuco, Brazil. Salud Colectiva, 16, 1–11. https://doi.org/10.18294/SC.2020.2528

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