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Russia suggests setting up international drug-busting coalition

  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Russia suggests setting up an international anti-drug coalition to fight drug trafficking from Afghanistan. The initiative was put forward by the head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service Viktor Ivanov as he was addressing the 54th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs currently taking place in Vienna. Mr. Ivanov noted that international programs aimed to fight drug smuggling have proved ineffective and a new strategy is required.

    Of course, the international community has done a lot to fight drug trafficking but now it is high time to work out a new five-year plan on how to fight the Afghan drug threat, and this strategy should be approved by the UN. Russia and the EU could take the lead in this coalition.

    As Russia sees it, the proposed organization would help countries coordinate their efforts in fighting the drug threat. Many countries already know how to counter the spread of psychotropic drugs but to make this process more effective they need to consult each other on this issue. Russia is ready to take the lead.

    Moscow believes that the UN Security Council should legally recognize drug production in Afghanistan as a ‘threat to international security’ and create a special list of countries which let their lands be used for poppy crops. Another step would be to freeze assets of suspected drug lords.

    Another proposal is to make it the responsibility of a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force, to destroy opium poppy fields in the region.

    Opium poppy cultivation has expanded rapidly since the US-led invasion in Afghanistan in 2001.

    Afghanistan currently ranks first among illicit opium poppy growing nations. Local farmers prefer growing poppy and cannabis rather cultivate crops they really need amid the ongoing food crisis. Many countries, including Russia, have been sending flour and grain to Afghanistan to save its people from hunger. To improve the situation it is important to make drug production unprofitable.

    The head of the Russian ‘No to alcohol and drug addiction’ charity foundation, Oleg Zykov, comments.

    Undoubtedly, illegal drug trade is a global black market, where demand drives supply. To reduce the demand for drugs, we should focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle among people, especially teenagers. Apart from this, it is vitally important to help people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction start living a healthy life.

    Experts agree that only a comprehensive approach will pay its way, otherwise drugs will be taking more and more lives. Official statistics say that 1 million people have died from drugs in Europe in the past ten years. But nobody knows exactly how many lives were crippled by this deadly addiction.

    Mar 23, 2011



  1. Alfa
    Does anyone know where this statistic comes from?
  2. zerozerohero
    no, nobody knows, and even the authorities that are supposed to study and issue such statistics are clueless at where different governments get their info: As a sad example, the French government published statistics in the past few years that were many times contradicted by anything their very well informed and very efficient (within the limits of their budget and technical possibilities) OCRTIS had had a chance to calculate and establish - as a matter of fact this very efficient institution has no website anymore and it begins to be very difficult for them to issue statements, statistics and such. It must be noted that OCRTIS is part of the Police and that some of its highest officers have spoken publicly about the necessity of decriminalisation of some, if not all illegal narcotics and have stated the sheer uselessness of the war on drugs as it has been fought for decades already.

    All that to say that numbers are being thrown around to the media and even to unsuspecting members of parliaments, governments etc., just in order to manipulate policy.

    In the case of Russia targetting the afghan drug traffic, it reminds one of the US going all 'War on Drugs' against central- and south-american states, with the brilliant results that are now publicly known.

    If one also takes into account the terrible past both countries share and the financial aspect of legal or illegal drug production in that part of the world, this whole thing smells like another attempt of one protagonist attempting to gain the upper hand over another one.

    Plus, i'd like someone to explain how so much drugs of all sorts still get into europe and over the oceans to america from this part of the world when everything is so controlled and every smallest spot is controlled by armed forces related to the UN...
    This is just another stinking attempt to tell us all that all is well in the best of all worlds.
  3. kailey_elise
    Right! And it's a good thing Russia's behind all this, because we know that the Russians don't have a Heroin problem...at...all...oops...

    It might help if Russia really owned up to the fact that it has a Heroin epidemic & that putting people in lockdown-&-dryout detoxes doesn't work. If it had some actual treatment protocols/facilities, maybe even some harm reduction practices, they might reduce their demand for Heroin. From what I hear (& I admit this is hearsay, I have no studies to back this up or anything), Russia's demand for Heroin is the highest anywhere & continually growing. On top of that, they have no outlets, no alternatives - it's cold turkey or nothing, no Suboxone, no methadone; I have no idea what kind of stigma may or may not be in place for people to attend group therapy to try to help each other stay clean.

    Anyway, burning down the poppy fields isn't going to stop Heroin production; it never has before, it hasn't worked for cannabis or cocaine either. We have to stop the demand, not the supply. And I don't think that will ever happen, though there's a chance we can significantly reduce the demand...

  4. CheapHighExpert
    LMAO it sounds like the justice league of narcotics!
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