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Kazakhstan Interior Ministry called doctors to disclose information on drug addicts

25 июня 2012, 11:42
©RIA Novosti
©RIA Novosti
Kazakhstan Interior Ministry suggests that doctors disclose information on drug addicts that becomes known to them, Tengrinews.kz reports citing Yryskeldy Dzhandarbekov, deputy chairman of Kazakhstan Interior Ministry's Commission for Countering Drug Abuse and Drug Business as saying at the second meeting of the chief narcologists of CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) member-countries.

"People applying to the drug addicts clinics are concealed under the medical secrecy term. I'm not saying that this information has to be disclosed to public at the first stage. There should be some kind of an agreement between law-enforcement authorities and Healthcare Ministry to allow efficient preventive work by the authorities and doctors. Doctors perform treatment and rehabilitation, while law-enforcements authorities have many methods of prevention in line with the law on preventing crimes and violations. In our opinion, performing this joint work will help drug addicts drop their addiction faster," Dzhandarbekov said.

According to him, foreign countries already practice joint work of healthcare and interior ministries. "Our society is currently so closed that it doesn't want to disclose those who apply to rehabs, this, perhaps, creates some kind of fear. There are no such problems in foreign countries and when a person says he is a drug addict, the society does not turn away from him. Our society probably should also view drug addicts as sick people who need medical treatment and such addictions have to be prevented," he added.

According to Dzhandarbekov, Kazkahstan Interior Ministry is currently working with Healthcare Ministry and other authorities at the government level to make this information more open. The official statistics states that there are 46 thousand drug addicts in Kazakhstan, while the unofficial number stands at over 120 thousand people.

By Aidana Ussupova

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