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Media Examines Alcohol, Drug Use in Russia, HIV Spread

December 9, 2009

NPR examines the prevalence of alcohol abuse and the more recent rise in intravenous drug use in Russia. "The rate of drug-related deaths, at 80 a day, is among the world's highest. Researchers say alcohol is the cause of more than half of all deaths of people ages 15 to 54 -- often from accidents, violence or alcohol poisoning," according to the Web site (Garrels, 12/8). According to CNN, IV drug use is "fueling the spread of HIV" in Russia. CNN also reports that the country's "top drugs adviser has called on the United States to use its troop surge into Afghanistan to help stem the flow of drugs entering its borders ..." (Armstrong, 12/9).

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