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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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Date:Dec 6, 2011
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