Drug Addiction in Armenia Under Control

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–During the presentation of the second stage of the Anti-Narcotics Program in the Transcaucasus at the UN Armenia Office on March 29–Deputy Interior Minister Armen Yeritsian said the drug addiction situation in Armenia is favorable and does not stir up any concerns. Yeritsian–who is a representative of Armenia in the program–said there is no drug addiction among children in Armenia. Among young people there are only 1,000 registered drug addicts in Armenia.

The ministry also rejected the US Department of State’s accusation that Armenia is a transit way of spreading drugs.

According to the program coordinator Grigor Malintsian–the implementation of the program is mainly of a preventive character. The program financed by the UNDP and the European Union pursues the goal of providing mechanisms of control over narcotics on the state level and minimizing the volume of circulation of narcotics in the three Transcaucasian republics.

According to representatives of law-enforcement and judicial bodies–the main problem of struggling against drug addiction in Armenia is the legislative problem. "Drug addiction like homosexuality is a disease–meanwhile–according to our legislation–both phenomena are considered to be a crime," said Deputy Prosecutor General Zhirair Kharatian.

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