The first strategic study by the Center of Excellence for Reducing the Supply of Illicit Drugs (CdE) will investigate possible influences of the covid-19 pandemic on the drug market and trafficking in Brazil.
During the months of July and August, quantitative and qualitative data on the subject were collected by the Center of Excellence team in three states: Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná and São Paulo. In these locations, technical visits, interviews and focus groups were conducted.
According to the coordinator of the CdE, Gabriel Andreuccetti, data was collected from different entities, at the federal and state levels, to analyze the changes in the pattern of this type of illicit market in the country. "It is a work that follows the line of international reports on the subject and should support the creation of crime prevention strategies with evidence, especially in the context of uncertainty about the pandemic and its effects on drug trafficking."
The Director of Public Policies and Institutional Articulation of the National Secretariat for Policies on Drugs and Asset Management of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (DPPA/SENAD/MJSP), Gustavo Camilo Baptista, affirms that the possible effects in the short, medium and long term of covid-19 in the dynamics of drug trafficking have been analyzed and investigated around the world. “This work aims, mainly, to guide the planning and decision-making on the subject, responding to one of the central objectives of the CdE, which is, precisely, to provide this type of evidence to Organs competent bodies”.
The analysis and production of the reports is being carried out in partnership with the Research and Analysis Section of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, and data collection is supported by the Secretariat for Integrated Operations of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (SEOPI/MJSP).
About the COE
The CoE is an innovative pilot project resulting from a cooperation partnership between SENAD/MJSP, UNODC and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Within the perspective of building drug policies based on scientific evidence, the CoE finds its proposal in the dissemination of data, statistics and indicators on the subject in order to promote comprehensive and multidimensional crime prevention strategies aimed at social and economic development, considering social, educational and security measures to foster a people-centred culture of legality.
In addition, by strengthening cooperation between government partners and technical institutions, and based on extensive research and analysis, the CoE will provide subsidies for the improvement of government actions that may result in better understanding and monitoring of drug markets unlawful.