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UN official urges treatment of drug users

UN official urges treatment of drug users

A senior U.N. official says international efforts to crack down on narcotics should include treating, not punishing, drug users.
Yury Fedotov, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, says there is growing recognition that drug dependence is a disease and not a crime and that treating addicts is far more effective than punishing them.
He also warned that drugs contribute to the spread of HIV and hepatitis and that children whose parents use drugs are at a greater risk of doing so themselves.
Fedotov spoke on Monday.


Updated : 2021-08-06 05:34 GMT+08:00