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United Nations: Ukrainian drug addicts dying due to treatment ban

from The Guardian

As many as 100 drug users in Crimea may have died since the peninsula was annexed by Russia, according to a top United Nations official, due to fact that the "substitution therapy" they were receiving from Ukrainian authorities being illegal under Russian law. Of 800 Crimean users who were on programs using methadone or Buprenorphine, experts believe at least 10 percent have died, according to Michel Kazatchkine, the UN's special envoy for HIV/Aids in the region. Reliable data from Russian authorities is hard to come by, but local rights activists believe the 10 percent figure is a conservative estimate. The deaths are "mostly overdoses or suicide" said Kazatchkine. more

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