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OST Banned In Crimea, Ukraine, Putting Drug Users At Increased Risk for HIV, U.N. Envoy Says

Agence France-Presse: AIDS crisis brewing in Crimea and east Ukraine says U.N.
“A lethal health crisis is brewing in Russian-annexed Crimea and war-torn eastern Ukraine, where injecting drug users have lost access to therapy to wean them off heroin, the U.N.’s AIDS envoy said Wednesday…” (Ingham, 1/21).

The Guardian: Ukrainian drug addicts dying due to treatment ban, says U.N.
“As many as 100 drug users in Crimea may have died since the peninsula was annexed by Russia, according to a top U.N. official, due to the fact that the ‘substitution therapy’ they were receiving from Ukrainian authorities [is] 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 U.N.’s special envoy for HIV/AIDS in the region…” (Walker, 1/20).

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