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BISHKEK (TCA) – On June 26, Kyrgyzstan celebrated the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking, established in 1987 by the United Nations General Assembly as an expression of determination to strengthen action and cooperation for the establishment of an international society free of drug abuse.

Kyrgyzstan’s State Drug Control Committee jointly with the Central Asia Training and Information Centre to reduce harm from drug use (CATIC) and Central Asia Drug Action Programme (CADAP) have organized a series of activities aimed to draw public attention to this problem: press conferences, themed theater performances, a competition among mass media for the best article on drug use. The award ceremony for the winners was held on June 26 in the Kyrgyz Drama Theatre.

According to Alexander Zelichenko, a representative of CADAP, the main heroin supply is still out of the focus. "More often green hemp, which is not yet a drug, is being seized and weighed. It is necessary to optimize the drug combat, in particular, with potent substances.”

According to Bonivur Ishemkulov, the director of CATIC, Kyrgyzstan became the first of former Soviet republics, which started to use the method of methadone substitution therapy. Methadone treatment “has proven its social and medical importance.”

A troupe from the Kyrgyz Drama Theater prepared a performance called ‘Tagdyr (‘Destiny’) about the consequences of drug use. The excellent performance by the actors and the fate of the main hero, who was a drug-addict, did not leave anyone indifferent to the negative effects of drug abuse.

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