Drug Updates from Central Asia and the Eastern Europe

The State authorities in the region of Kemerovsky have issued almost 3,6 million rubles (55,500 US Dollars) from the local budgets for funding a prevention program of complex overdose in the region which is a first for Russia.

A study on Medicine and Drug Control by the State Service into the quality of the substitution therapy medicines that were distributed under the program of national opioid substitution therapy (OST) have been started by The All-Ukrainian network of people that are living with drug dependency called “VOLNA”. Following the drugs testing, the insufficiency of the available quality medicine was confirmed and then for the very first time in Ukraine, the protesters successfully lobbied for a proper ban on the usage of the low quality batch of Buprenorphine pills.

Academics from the Russian Academy of Sciences have appealed for the liberalization of the policy of state drug in Russia after the closure of the case of Ivan Golunov. Discussion for a Reform has also been done in the Duma as well as the Council of Federation, even though the Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin has publicly made a statement against the liberalization and has also opposed any modification into the Criminal Code.

A professional working group has been formed of the Ukrainian military personnel for studying the use of medical cannabis in the treatment as well as rehabilitation by the members of the Council of Veterans under the Ministry of Veteran Affairs of Ukraine.

The Russian defenders of human rights have called for the Russian Duma for reforming the current situation of HIV-positive natives in the Russian prisons for trying to address the epidemic of HIV in the country.