The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  •  (1)
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

International News

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 other

View Full Article

  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  •  (1)
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

See Also
More on HIV/AIDS in Russia
Find out how a Walgreens specially trained pharmacist can help you

Reader Comments:

Comment by: Janette B (Maryland u.s.a) Tue., Mar. 25, 2014 at 7:47 am EDT
This is sad and disgusting. Russia is disguising for being so narrow minded and ignorant
Reply to this comment

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:

Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining: