A workshop to discuss the current drug situation in Central Asia held in Almaty

Twenty-five drug epidemiology and drug situation monitoring experts from five Central Asian countries gathered to discuss the current national drug situation and trends, and methodologies and examples of evaluation studies in drug policy interventions. They also planned next steps and activities at the national and regional level.

Each country prepared presentations on the recent developments and trends in the national drug situations, drug policy and drug information systems.

The EU experts presented an overview of the Early Warning System on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in the European Union and Czech Republic, the evaluation of the drug treatment and rehabilitation within the penal system and alternatives to imprisonment in Estonia, the general population survey on drug use in Serbia and other topics to learn from the European experience. 

The study on the possible introduction of the opioid substitution therapy in Kazakhstan was presented and discussed. The participants also performed a regional analysis of the online supply of New Psychoactive Substances in Central Asian countries.

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