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Crimea Should Continue Its Successful Drug Treatment Programs After Russian Annexation

Huffington Post: ReSovietizing Crimea? What the Vote Means for the Twin Epidemics of Drug Use and HIV
Richard Elovich, research scientist at Columbia University

“…In choosing affiliation with Russia, Crimea should not reject the needs of the socially vulnerable and some of the helpful responses emerging from within. HIV and drugs cross borders easily, affecting people of all ethnicities and political affiliations. State-run prevention and treatment services, though, are easily mired in politics. Crimea should choose a course that would sustain life-saving drug treatment programs, citizen participation and advances in the fight against drugs and HIV” (3/21).