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Rehabilitation and Medical Centers

Dr Vorobiev Arabic Rehab Clinic, Moscow

Specialities:

Supplying a range of treatments and detox programmes utilising revolutionary methods, resulting in an apparently painless detoxification from heroin, methadone and alcohol addiction.

Address/Contact:

Moscow
Russia
Tel: +7 905 751 1428

Description:

Using “revolutionary” techniques involving both physical and behavioural therapies, this clinic claims to combine traditional and contemporary medical techniques to help addicts on the road to a successful recovery.

National Narcotics Control Authorities

Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation

Contact/Address:

101968,
Moscow,
Maroseyka st. 12.

Tel: +7(495) 621-43-91
Website: fskn.gov.ru/pages/eng/index.shtml

Russia’s drug policies have in the past been considered controversial in parts of the international community, with zero-tolerance policies emphasising criminalisation of drugs as opposed to rehabilitation representing something of a hangover from the old Soviet regime. Such policies have arguably served only to push drug abuse underground, meaning that vulnerable people cannot get the help that they need. The Russian Government strongly opposes treatment for drug abuse, and a large number of drug abusers are imprisoned rather than being treated.

Steps have however been taken recently to apparently soften the country’s stance on illicit drugs. The FDCS, working closely with the State Anti-Drug Committee of the Russian Federation has agreed that whilst suppressing the supply of drugs can be an effective technique in reducing the number of addicts in the country, those addicts also require a medical infrastructure that can treat their addiction. It is clear that Russia will continue to take a hard line against illegal drugs and the trafficking of them, however it is encouraging that the Committee appears to recognise the benefits of rehabilitation in a country with amongst the highest levels of injected drug abuse in the world.

The FDCS serves to co-ordinate the activities of all government bodies in helping to combat the illegal trafficking of drugs, as well as carrying out research, sharing information with relevant domestic and international bodies, and helping to influence drug policy appropriately.

National Narcotics Control Strategies and Security Plans

Name:

State Anti-Drug Policy Strategy

Type:

Preventive/Security

Published Authority:

State Anti-Drug Committee of the Russian Federation

Date:

2010

Internet link:

stratgap.ru/pages/strategy/3662/4434/4437/index.shtml

Publisher website:

gak.gov.ru/gak_eng.shtml

Narcotics control regulations and laws

Name:

Federal drug law

Published Authority:

Government of the Russian Federation

Date:

December 11, 2004

Internet link: ??

Publisher website:

government.ru/eng/

Facts and stats

  • Russia has amongst the highest levels of injected drug use in the world, with an estimated 1.8 million users. The number of opiate users is thought to exceed 1.6 million. This has fuelled something of an HIV epidemic in Russia.
  • Russian drug policy has traditionally taken a hard line with addicts, with an emphasis on prison sentences rather than treatment.
  • The distribution and use of methadone is banned, even by prescription.
  • More than 20% of Russia’s prison population were charged with drug offences.
  • On February 16 2008, President Vladimir Putin announced an official professional holiday – the Day of Drug Control Authorities.
  • In addition to its drug problem, alcoholism is acknowledged to be a serious issue in Russia, causing 500,000 deaths in the country per year.
  • Russians on average consume roughly 18 litres of spirits every year – more than double the amount that the WHO considers dangerous.

Governmental / Non-governmental Associations

Drug Abuse Prevention Center

Type:

Non-governmental

Address/Contact:

9, Marata Str.
St. Petersburg 191025
Website: www.eegyn.com/index.php

The Drug Abuse Prevention Center aims to develop initiatives such as drug helplines and volunteer movements, as well as helping to educate and co-ordinate policy makers.

Russian Narcological Association

Type:

Non-governmental

Address/Contact:

Narcology 7 Pshchothrapy Inst. Of Post-Graduate Education/P.O.Box 27 R-109462 Moscow