Instead of receiving help from the institutions, public and private, that are supposed to safeguard their rights and ensure their bienestar, drug users in Puerto Rico are treated as merchandise without regard at all to the dignity and respect they deserve as human beings.
The experiences and stories documented in this report show that in Puerto Rico they are still violating the human rights and the integrity of drug users under the guise of providing "treatment" in institutions operating mostly by organizations non-profit and faith-based, as Christian homes and Hogares CREA, Inc. These centers represent over 90% of residential programs licensed by the government. Within these centers the-post "treatment" for problematic drug use, daily acts that constitute cruel, inhuman and degraded treatment toward drug users are committed. The humillation and the threat of arbitrary and degrading punishment is our daily bread.