Drug addicts from around Russia to be employed at construction sites in Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

July 10 National Drug Union (NDU) presents a project for Russian drug addicts, who received rehabilitation program, to be employment on construction sites in Crimea
18:25, 9 July 2015

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The issue of employment of addicts who received rehabilitation is the key condition for their successful resocialization. Yet many professions are available for all the people who have suffered from addiction. The factor of "social drug addiction stigmatization" also complicates the job search for people suffering from addiction," assumes the press service of the Union.

National drug Union (NDU) is an association created to coordinate the activities of public and non-profit organizations in the field of drug abuse and drug crime prevention. Union cooperates with the Federal Service of drug trafficking control, different authorities, religious, youth, sports and other organizations.

Getting back to the drug addicts in annexed Crimea, UN and numerous human rights organizations are sounding the alarm because of clotting substitution therapy for drug addicts after the annexation of the Crimea peninsula.  Dozens of former patients died, losing access to substitution drugs in the Crimea - primarily due to suicide or overdose. The UN data on drug users’ death in Crimea was corroborated by Ukrainian organization that assists addict IDPs from Crimea and Donbas. Russian Ministry of Healthcare denies this information.

Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) with methadone and buprenorphine, approved by the UN, is used in Ukraine since 2005. In Russia it is illegal, and rehabilitation of drug addicts in the country is mainly based on detoxification.

Russian Service for Drug Control, a department of which now operates in Crimea, evaluates MAT as a dangerous  "skipping" from one drug to another, despite the recommendations of the World Health Organization, which says the opposite. 


“Though Russia does not apply the death penalty, for drug-trafficking or any other crime, it is ultra-strict in other ways. It bans methadone, a drug taken orally which most countries with enough money give to heroin addicts to stop them overdosing and to prevent diseases spreading via shared needles. Russia now has 1.2m HIV-infected people, up from 170,000 a decade ago,” said Martin Jelsma of the Transnational Institute, an NGO based in Amsterdam. 

The situation in the East of Ukraine seems to be challenging, as Ukrainian government stopped supplying methadone on the territory controlled by the Russia-backed militants.

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