UN: Nearly 100 drug users died in Crimea after Russia closed methadone program
The United Nations' AIDS envoy sounded the alarm over an impending health catastrophe in Russia's newly acquired Crimean Peninsula, where nearly 100 recovering heroin addicts have died as a result of Russia's abolishment of a methadone program.
"The causes of death, from what we have been hearing, are mainly from suicide and overdose," Michel Kazatchkine said. Prior to Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, 805 people were receiving opioid substitution therapy under Ukrainian rule. (See also: Number of Russians with HIV to reach 1 million by 2016)
The Moscow Times (Russia)
Wednesday, January 21, 2015