4 December 2017, Moscow. In the State Duma hosted an international parliamentary conference entitled “Parliamentarians against drugs”, the official co-organizer of which is the national anti-drug Alliance (US).
In the conference took part the representatives of the parliaments of 44 countries and leading international organizations: Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the UN office on drugs and crime, the organization of collective security Treaty (CSTO), etc.
The Chairman of the Board US Nikita V. Lushnikova announced the creation of a new international anti-drug sites: World Without Drugs, WWD (“World without drugs”).
According to Lushnikov, a platform is created for the purpose of Association of non-profit organizations (NPOs) around the world working on programmes Drug-Free, and will be officially presented in March 2018, at a regular session of the United Nations in Vienna.
“We want to invite all countries to join efforts and all the best practices, and instead to debate about their impact, begin to act in the common interest and complement each other, said Lushnikov. For this, we, a Russian NGO, has already enlisted the support of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the office on drugs and crime, UN.”
Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Viktorovich Volodin stressed that today drugs are a threat not
only for the addict and his loved ones, but also for States and even entire regions. “The global nature of the drug threat is obvious: drugs are undermining the health of hundreds of millions of people around the world, profits from drug trafficking form a large base for terrorist organizations, countries through which smuggling, drugs, faced with the increasing violence and corruption and so on,” he said.
Deputy Secretary General of UN, Executive Director of the office on drugs and crime, Yury Fedotov, cited recent data from the world Health Organization (who). According to these data, currently in the world uses drugs 250 million people, 30 million of which – the so-called “problem” (constant) drug users. 200 thousand people die each year from overdose and criminal revenues of drug dealers make about $ 320 billion a year.
“We have to acknowledge the significant growth of drug use in the world, which is a significant increase in drug production, — said Fedotov. In Afghanistan, a major world exporter of opium drugs, there is an increasing acreage of 63%, which will lead to almost 90% surge in production of opiates. In Colombia, Coca cultivation increased by 52% approaching the peak of 2001.”
“UNODC cooperates with the US in promoting a healthy lifestyle and promote support programmes for drug addicts based on complete abstinence from drugs (Drug-Free),” — said Fedotov.
Noted the importance of cooperation of governmental and public organizations and the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. “Many Russian parliamentarians and I personally had no time to participate in the activities of the US, which advocates complete abstinence from drugs. It is encouraging that the Union is actively expanding its network of partner organizations abroad and its activities received a high rating of anti-drug UN,” — said the Minister.
On the medical component of the problem of drug addiction parliamentarians told the Minister of health of Russia Veronika Igorevna Skvortsova. According to her, over the past five years on behalf of the President modernized the whole: substance abuse services, conducted improved addiction treatment centers, conducted training for more than half of experts, established 20 rehabilitation centres and rehabilitation departments 118.
The main motive of the speeches of delegates from the parliaments of foreign countries was the understanding of the global scale of the drug threat and the inability to solve the problem is only in the size of their country or region. The speakers stressed the importance of international cooperation both from the governments and law enforcement agencies, between public non-profit organizations.
Many concerns were expressed in connection with the so-called “normalisatie” legislation in a number of countries, which, in their view, bears the greatest danger in the first place for youth around the world.
Delegates also noted the ineffectiveness of most of the existing OST programs and spoke in favor of Drug-Free programmes, on which is built the whole system of health and social care of drug addicts in Russia.