30 May 2012, 16:15

Russia to start five-year anti-drug campaign

Russia to start five-year anti-drug campaign

Head of the Federal Service for Drug Control, FSDC Victor Ivanov has suggested drafting a new package of anti-drug laws in Russia. He put forward this initiative at a parliamentary hearing of the State Duma committee on security and countering corruption. The drug situation in Russia remains complicated despite the efforts by the Federal Service for Drug Control.

Head of the Federal Service for Drug Control, FSDC Victor Ivanov has suggested drafting a new package of anti-drug laws in Russia. He put forward this initiative at a parliamentary hearing of the State Duma committee on security and countering corruption.

The drug situation in Russia remains complicated despite the efforts by the Federal Service for Drug Control. According to experts, the number of drug addicts exceeds 2.5 million people, while the crime rate related to illegal drug trafficking has doubled in the past years. In order to improve the situation the FSDC called on to declare the next five years “five years of new anti-drug laws”. First and foremost, there is a need to introduce the concept of anti-drug security to Russian and international law.

“We are facing a blatant discrepancy between the presence of such a planetary phenomenon, the Afghan drug production and the absence of laws to adequately respond to this threat in the unified system of national and international security,” Victor Ivanov said.

The spread of new synthetic drugs disguised as consumer goods, is one of the new tendencies that pose a threat to life and the health of the society. According to Victor Ivanov, 40 such drugs have been introduced into the world last year alone.

“The so-called designer drugs, “spices” and other substitutes, which are deliberately invented by foreign drug-makers and spread in Russia, pose a great danger. Such drugs are becoming more popular among young people. These are being spread not only as smoking mixtures but  are also camouflaged under various consumer goods, such as bath salt, fertilizers for flowers, anti-corrosion substances and diet pills,” Victor Ivanov added.  

It takes a long time to ban these drugs after they first appear on the market. In view of this, there is a need to work out a complex of legislative measures that will help to temporarily suspend the sale of such goods until they are put on the list of banned goods.

Another trend in legislative work is the introduction of the concept of social rehabilitation. It’s impossible to achieve a stable result without social assistance for those who have gone through drug rehab, believes Victor Ivanov.

“It will be expedient to work out a mechanism of granting social privileges to those who underwent a course of treatment from drug addiction and preferences for non-governmental rehabilitation centres and facilities, which are engaged in providing jobs for those who overcome drug addiction,” Victor Ivanov said.

These measures and other efforts should be included in the new anti-drug code. When working this out, there is a necessity of taking into account the achievements in Russian science and foreign experience in fighting against drug addiction.  

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