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New Drug Policies In Ukraine Conflict Zone Threaten Regional Gains Made Against HIV

Foreign Policy: Like ‘Just Say No,’ but With More Kalashnikovs
“…The ‘Luhansk People’s Republic’ (LNR) and ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ (DNR) regimes that have taken over this region [of Eastern Ukraine] have instigated a brutal war on drugs and alcohol, conducted through extrajudicial detentions, forced labor, and, allegedly, executions. … These new policies have driven back underground drug users who once received assistance such as clean needles and [substitution therapy], and it is threatening to undo the recent gains made against addiction and HIV in one of the most drug-ridden regions of Ukraine…” (Hyde, 3/3).