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Rehabilitation and Medical Centers

Centro Cristiano “Nosotros Unidos”, Caracas

Specialities:

Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, providing support for drug addicts, particularly those that are homeless.

Contact/Address:

Av. Principal de Coche,
frente al Centro Comercial de Coche,
Caracas
Venezuela

Tel: +58 212-6822979
Email: info@nosotrosunidos.org.ve
Website: www.nosotrosunidos.org.ve

Description:

Created by church evangelists, the success of Nosotros Unidos meant that it quickly became the model for other drug institutions in the country. With around 250 employees in the facility, Nosotros Unidos has helped many thousands of addicts over the last 15 years.

National Narcotics Control Authorities

Name:

Oficina Nacional Antidrogas

Contact/Address:

Edificio ONA
Ave. Venezuela con Avenida Principal de lasMercedes
El Rosal,
Municipio ChacaoCaracasRepública Bolivariana de Venezuela

Tel: +58 212 957-34-00
Website: www.ona.gob.ve

The Oficina Nacional Antidrogas, also known as the ONA, was created by the government of Hugo Chavez in the late 1990s to attempt to tackle Venezuela’s drug problem. Initially it worked closely with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States, which provided support and co-operation. This resulted in some success, with Venezuela ranked fourth in the world for cocaine seizures in 2004. However in 2005 this relationship was severed, amid accusations from Venezuela of spying by the DEA.

Following this, the ONA increased its efforts to tackle the drug trade seemingly to great effect, arresting more people and seizing more drug quantities, despite attempts by the US to downplay the ONA’s achievements in the international community. There are fears however that owing to the widespread corruption in the country, Venezuela continues to facilitate drug trafficking, particularly by Colombian FARC rebels. Despite this, as of 2010 Venezuela remained fourth in the world for cocaine seizures.

Venezuela has co-operative anti-drug links with 37 other countries, and a focussed strategy based on prevention, seizures, arrests and intelligence, as well as extradition of criminals and destruction of clandestine airstrips. Their efforts have been praised by several international organisations including Interpol.

National Narcotics Control Strategies and Security Plans

Name:

National Addiction Treatment and Prevention System

Type:

Preventive

Published Authority:

Government of Venezuela

Date:

2011

Internet link:

www.presidencia.gob.ve/

Publisher website:

www.presidencia.gob.ve/

Narcotics control regulations and laws

Name:

Organic Law on Psychotropic and Narcotic Substances

Published Authority:

Congress of the Republic of Venezuela

Date:

July 17, 1984

Internet link:

Publisher website:

Facts and stats

  • The most heavily trafficked drug in Venezuela is cocaine. This is largely due to Venezuela’s proximity to cocaine-producing countries.
  • It is unclear just how effective Venezuela’s anti-drug policies are, as data regarding seizures is often contradictory. For instance, the Venezuelan government insists that it is intercepting more cocaine than ever before, however the statistics show a significant drop between 2005 and 2010.
  • 90% of aircraft carrying Colombian cocaine are thought to take off from Venezuela.
  • In 2008, Venezuelan authorities seized 33,000kg of cocaine, accounting for about 5% of global seizures.
  • Whilst cocaine is the most frequently intercepted drug in Venezuela, there are many cases of abuse of other drugs, such as alcohol and crack.
  • The Venezuelan National Anti-Drug Office originally worked closely with the DEA, its American equivalent, however the Venezuelan government terminated this relationship amid accusations of spying.
  • Since then, the government claims to have arrested more traffickers and seized more drugs than in the years preceding.
  • In 2008, Venezuelan authorities destroyed 223 landing strips used by planes carrying drugs.
  • As of 2008, Venezuelan jails held around 4,000 drug traffickers, with a further 4,600 charged with the crime.
  • According to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Venezuela is fourth in the world for cocaine seizures.
  • Venezuela provides free treatment for its drug addicts. It is one of only two countries in the world to do this, the other being Cuba.

Governmental / Non-governmental Associations

Mision Negra Hipolita

Type:

Governmental

Address/Contact:

Av. Universidad,Esq. de Traposos,
Edificio MPS,
Antigua sede de Sudeban.
Caracas.

Tel: 0800-44765482
Website: www.misionnegrahipolita.gob.ve

The Mision Negra Hipolita, or “The Mission Black Hippolyta”, is a Venezuelan government program designed to meet and help disadvantaged and vulnerable people on the streets.


Fundación Venezuela Libre de Drogas

Type:

Non-governmental

Address/Contact:

Urb Los Samanes
Calle 15 Qta
Livia
Baruta

Website: www.librededrogas.org/

A non-governmental organisation that aims to help provide counselling, prevention and treatment for drug users, as well as researching drug trends.