Annual Drug Report Presented in Minsk

On 29 February the Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) 2011 was launched at the National Press Centre of Belarus with participation of the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Mr. Antonius Broek, Chief of Department of Narcotics Control and Combating Human Trafficking of Ministry of Interior Mr. Alexander Gavrilov and the Chief Narcologist of the Ministry of Health Sergei Osipchik.

On 29 February the Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) 2011 was launched at the National Press Centre of Belarus with participation of the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Mr. Antonius Broek, Chief of Department of Narcotics Control and Combating Human Trafficking of Ministry of Interior Mr. Alexander Gavrilov and the Chief Narcologist of the Ministry of Health Sergei Osipchik.

The 2011 Annual Report released by the INCB is dedicated to the centennial of the first international drug control treaty — the International Opium Convention of The Hague of 1912.

In this year report, INCB highlights the vulnerability of fractured communities to drug use and violence and stresses the need to reach out to these groups to prevent further exclusion and other negative impacts that affect society as a whole. “In the future these problems will contribute to the social destabilization and violence that have been seen in many cities around the world”, noted  UN Resident Coordinator Antonius Broek in his address.

The report provides various recommendations to address this issue including the implementation of programmes on drug abuse prevention and treatment and rehabilitation services, as well as increasing the educational, employment and recreational opportunities available to marginalized communities.

Another problem which has araised recently, due to overall globalization process, is ordering drugs online. Illicit drugs are being ordered online by mostly young people through illegal Internet pharmacies, along with prescription medicines. The most recent tendency is that illegal Internet pharmacies have started to use social networks to publicize their websites, which can put youth audiences at risk of using dangerous products, including counterfeit ones.

Presenting the report Mr. Broek spoke about the successful UNDP support of harm reduction programs, including support of 36 needle exchange points in the country, HIV and hepatitis testing. “In cooperation with the Ministry of Health, over the last 3 years it was opened 12 methadone substitution therapy points for drug users. I am proud that jointly with UNAIDS and Ministry of Health, I will be opening 13th point in Borisov on 1 March”, Mr. Broek said.

More information on the Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 2011 is here.