Existing drug policy in Kyrgyzstan is high-cost and inefficient -- study.
The Central Asian Drug Policy Center will present the findings of
the study measuring costs for the current drug policy in Kyrgyzstan on
December 19 in Bishkek. The study was conducted during January-October
2011 as part of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network Drug Policy Reform
Advocacy Project, said Alexander Zelichenko, Director of the Center. The
research team included representatives of civil society organizations,
experts of State Drug Service and Penitentiary Service, National
Addiction Treatment Center. One of the findings of the research read
that the current drug policy is high-cost and inefficient. It often
leads to violation of human rights, deterioration of health condition of
population, negative consequences in the social sphere. "The drug
policy is mainly aimed at drug addicted people, no resources, time and
forces remain for fight with drug dealers," the study report reads.
Concrete recommendations will be given for improvement and in some cases
revision of drug policy during the presentation.
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