"This strategy envisages the continuation of those actions, efforts and measures taken within the framework of the strategy until 2020 and aimed primarily at reducing the demand for psychoactive substances, reducing illicit trafficking in psychoactive substances, drugs and precursors," Ivashchenko said.
At the same time, the Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine noted that this strategy is being implemented in following Ukraine’s European integration commitments and the implementation of sustainable development tasks.
The key goal of the Ministry of Healthcare is to change the focus from criminal-law measures to administrative, social, preventive, medical and rehabilitation measures. The strategy was developed by 4 thematic subgroups, which included representatives of other central executive bodies, international organizations, patient organizations and institutions directly involved in countering drug trafficking in Ukraine.
Ivashchenko said that four strategic tasks had been formed:
- Promoting a healthy lifestyle, public health and reducing the demand for psychoactive substances;
- Reduction of illicit trafficking and seizure of psychoactive substances;
- Providing the population with the necessary narcotic drugs;
- Development of preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and socio-psychological measures to support patients with mental disorders or behavioral disorders due to drug use.
In February, it became known that the Ministry of Health of Ukraine developed a national strategy for the control of cancer diseases until 2030. The ministry plans to fully implement it by 2030. However, there are points that the ministry intends to carry out this year.