Russian Annexation of Crimea Threatens Drug Therapy for People Suffering From Addictions, Illnesses
March 24, 2014
This article was reported by Kyiv Post.
The Kyiv Post reported that Russia's annexation of Crimea soon would halt an opioid substitution therapy (OST) program that supplied buprenorphine and methadone to 800 drug-addicted patients in Crimea. Participating in OST programs allowed long-term addicts to avoid illegal drugs, sustain a more normal life, and get medical treatment for related medical conditions like HIV and hepatitis.
Countries across the world use OST as part of a broader HIV prevention strategy. Ukraine had enrolled approximately 8,500 clients in OST programs since 2006, after a sharp increase in injection of homemade opium led to higher HIV incidence in the nation. Ukraine officials reported that OST and otherView Full Article
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