Drug users Archives
PECULIARITIES OF POLICY APPLIED IN RELATION TO DRUG USERS IN ARMENIA. MAIN GAPS AND NEED FOR AMENDMENTS
The goal of the current study is to analyze the policy applied in relation to drug users in the Republic of Armenia, to assess the efficiency of the policy, to draw parallels with the principles put forth by international organizations and expertise of other countries, to evaluate the opportunities of introduction and application of international best practice in the Republic.
On November 26, 2014, HCA Vanadzor organized a workshop in Congress hotel which aimed at discussing issues of Drug Policy of Republic of Armenia. During the workshop HCAV presented the analytic report on 2010-2012 National Program of fight against Drug Addiction and Illicit Trafficking in RA from the perspective of protection of citizens with drug addiction problems as well as Report on Human Rights Situation at Narcological Facilties of the Republic of Armenia in 2013.
Since July 1, 2012 methadone replacement therapy program (hereinafter MRT program) has been implemented in the city of Vanadzor of RA Lori region via the financial support of Global Fund and by the endorsement of the RA Ministry of Healthcare.
On the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Vanadzor stated that the Government of Armenia does not pay enough attention to the responsibilities set by the UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
The individual, who voluntarily goes to a medical institution to receive medical help, connected with use of drugs or other psychotropic substances without a medical prescription, is released from the administrative liability prescribed by law.
Since early 2011, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor has been carrying out a capacity building project, with the financial support of “Open Society Institute”.
On December 22, 2009, the employees of HCA Vanadzor visited Ijevan and Dilijan towns of Lori region within the framework of the project “Legal Aid to the drug users of Lori, Shirak, Taush regions and the city of Yerevan.”
Training on “Vulnerable groups’ right to health in the context of human rights” took place in Ijevan, on November 27, 2009.