2013 Annual Report on Drugs Presented in Minsk

On March 4, the National Press Center hosted a press conference during which the Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for 2013 was launched. The presenation was organised by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Belarus. The 2013 Report is an important landmark as it is the 45th annual report of the Borad since the establishment of the latter in 1968.

On March 4,the National Press Center hosted a press conference during which the Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for 2013 was launched. The presenation was organised by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Belarus.

The 2013 Report is an important landmark as it is the 45th annual report of the Borad since the establishment of the latter in 1968. The authors of this year’s Report primarily focus on economic consequences of drug abuse. The Committee’s experts provide data on the scale of social and economic costs of drug abuse in the five main areas: health, public safety, crime, productivity and governance.

In his address to the journalists Yury Oksamitnyi, UNICEF Representative in Belarus, stressed that the fight against drug trafficking should be kept up even when there is a need for strict cost cutting. “Special attention should be paid to those efforts that aim to prevent drug use. As the report shows, each dollar invested in such countermeasures, mobilization of community and development of national structures and other capabilities saves up to 10 dollars,” said Yury Oksamitnyi.

Talking about the regional aspect of drug control the UN experts pointed out that the use of amphetamine-type stimulants remained stable in Eastern Europe although several countries reported slight increase of their use. Heroin is the most used opiate in Eastern Europe followed by opium and morphine.

The Report also mentions that abuse of new psychoactive substances is spreading more and more widely with new substances coming up practically on a daily basis. “The use of new synthetic drugs leads to dire consequences,” said Ivan Konorazov, Chief Narcologist of the Ministry of Health. In his opinion, admission of such patients can last a month and a half which is twice as long as in case of opiate users.

Belarusian law enforcement authorities indicate the increasing popularity of smoking blends among youth. At present their share is almost 70% of all narcotic substances. “To prevent the spread of smoking blends the country takes most active actions. Last year the list of prohibited substances was extended by adding 73 more substances and 16 substitutes and 30 substances this year,” said Nikolay Karpenkov, head of the Office for Drug Control and Combating Trafficking in Human Being, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, during the presentation of the Report.

In his turn UNICEF Representative in Belarus confirmed that the UN agencies in Belarus will continue providing as much assistance as possible to safeguard the health and well-being of Belarusian people.

 

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Official website of the INCB 2013 Annual Report