Addiction Research Centres and the Nurturing of Creativity - National Institute on Alcohol and Drugs Policies, Brazil
Ronaldo Laranjeira & Sandro Sendin Mitsuhiro
2011 The Authors, Addiction © 2011 Society for the Study of Addiction
Psychiatry Department, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
The National Institute of Public Policy for Alcohol and Other Drugs (INPAD) is based at the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil, and was created to collect scientific evidence regarding epidemiology, develop new therapeutic approaches, study health economics and provide education to subsidize the proper measures to change the Brazilian scenario of alcohol and drug consumption. Policies directed towards the control of alcohol and drugs in Brazil are fragmented, poorly enforced and therefore ineffective. The unregulated market of alcohol in Brazil has contributed to the worsening health of the Brazilian population. Since 1994, INPAD has participated actively in academic debates and discussions about alcohol and drug policies and their effects on the political welfare of the country. Many scientific papers and books have been published on this subject, and the internet and other media have provided excellent opportunities for the dissemination of specialized information to the general population.