Friday, June 30, 2006

Anti drug day: drug addiction reaches huge proportions as ...

NGOs believe that there could be as many as 240 000 drug addicts in the country, over 5 percent of the population. The government, having announced a 'zero tolerance' strategy and then retreated a little after realizing what counter-productive effects this measure might have, are still spending virtually nothing on drug treatment. It is with this dire situation in mind that a conference on the painful results of drug addiction was held by the South Caucasus Anti Drug Program (SCAD) on Monday as part of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. In 1987 the UN General Assembly named June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen cooperation in the fight against drugs. Every year a special topic for the day is chosen and conferences and seminars are held dedicated to these issues.

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