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MEDIA ON THE DRUG SITUATION IN 2013
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Drug policy

The Ministry of Internal Affairs held a meeting on combating drug addiction and drug trafficking

The Ministry of Internal Affairs held the regular meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Staff (IMS) to coordinate the activities of state bodies to combat drug abuse and trafficking, chaired by the Minister of Interior Kalmukhanbet Kasymov, according to news service Zakon.kz with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The meeting addressed a number of topical issues of counternarcotics and implementation of Sectoral program on combating drug addiction and drug trafficking in the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2012-2016.

The Accounts Committee summarized the effectiveness of programs on combating drug addiction and drug trafficking for 2009-2011 and for 2012-2016

According to the Accounts Committee, the Program on combating drug abuse and drug trafficking for 2009-2011 was implemented efficiently enough. The lack of analysis, effective monitoring of the drug situation, insufficient study of the risks and expected results, a formal approach of performers led to the emergence of new challenges, which have become a global threat to public health, the economy and the overall national security of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the press service of the Accounts Committee reported.

Combating drug trafficking in Kazakhstan actually formalized

The Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan Ashat Daulbaev criticized the authorities to combat drug trafficking in Kazakhstan, reports news agency Novosti-Kazakhstan. "There is an unjustified reduction of the dynamics of drug-related crimes detection. Over the past year the number of detected crimes decreased by 11%. The analysis shows that the work of the authorized bodies in the first place - Committee of the Anti-Narcotics and Drug Control of Ministry of Interior, is actually formalized, "- said Daulbaev at the board meeting of Prosecutor General's Office of Kazakhstan.

Committee on Drugs held a nationwide preventive operation "Doping"

Committee on the Anti-Narcotics of the Ministry of Internal Affairs completed the first stage of preventive operation "Doping" in the country from 18 to 22 February. The main objective of the operation is to identify and suppress smuggling, as well as the leak of under controled narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors trafficking.

Drug use

In Almaty narcotic smoking mixes advertised and sold at universities in the city center

Last night in the center of Almaty at KIMEP buildings and the Academy of Cinema and Television were scattered leaflets advertising the "legal" smoking mixtures. The leaflet specified Skype and phone vendors. Editorial Zakon.kz called the telephone number listed in the leaflet. The young man explained the technology of smoking mixture sale. In the city near the former bus station Sayakhat on Abay, near major universities made "bookmarks" with prepackaged doses of 1 gram sachets. After the buyer takes off on a number of mobile money - 4000 tenge per gram, it reported a place to hide drugs.

More than 40 thousand of drug addicts has registered in Kazakhstan

More than 40 thousand of drug addicts has registered in Kazakhstan, wrote the correspondent of BNews.kz. "Among the pressing social problems of one of the most serious is the problem of drug addiction. Measures taken to combat the spread substance abuse and drug-related crime do not give the expected results. Thus, according to the Ministry of Health on medical records in the country consists of more than 40 thousand drug addicts, including 3 114 women, 2 069 children, 353 of whom have not reached the age of 14, "- said Askhat Daulbaev the Prosecutor General.

Gilded youth in Astana addicted to russian amphetamine

The staff of the Committee on Anti-Narcotics of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan suppressed channel delivery of synthetic drugs from Russia to Kazakhstan. It was said at a briefing in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan by the official representative Nurdilda Oraz, reports BNews.kz. "We know that through this channel have tried to supply with the drug elite places of entertainment Shuchinsk-Borovsky resort and Astana (casinos, nightclubs). Recently expensive synthetic drugs are in high demand among the wealthy visitors of entertainment facilities, as well as in the environment of so-called" gilded youth, "- added the official representative of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Almaty is gaining momentum, "pharmacy addiction"

Special investigative of KTK reporters. Almaty is gaining momentum so-called "pharmacy addiction!" Addicts in southern capital began to pound conventional eye drops! However, it is quite common: they have to be sold only on prescription, and pharmacists themselves are well aware of the addictive effects of drugs. But this does not prevent pharmacists for openly selling drugs.

Consequences

Smoked synthetic drugs and staged a riot

In the neighborhood Tastak-3 in the yard of №28 house on the Turgut Ozal Street young guy, smoke synthetic drug to standed residents of several homes on their head. Stripped to his shorts, he ran across the yard with wild cries and kicked the car. All this action is continued until the arrival of police officers who handcuffed guy in handcuffs and led to the place of ambulance crews №9. Referring revealed young guy smoked synthetic marijuana JWH popularly called simply "dzhivik or legalka". Apparently, the guy miscalculated dosage, and he had "blown away".

In Akmola region judges discussed the deal with cases involving drug trafficking

In connection with the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan generalization, implying a change in the practice of criminal cases related to drug trafficking, the judges of the specialized inter-district criminal court of Akmola region held a seminar to discuss the judicial practice on cases relating to drug trafficking, according to specialized inter-district criminal court of Akmola region.

6 HIV / AIDS trust points operate in the capital

In the capital, regularly hosts events on HIV infection in different population groups. Currently, the city operates 6 trust points: one - at the AIDS Center, two - mobile, three - in hospitals. It is reported with reference to astana.kz Center for Prevention and Control of AIDS in Astana. "The work carried in trust points by 1 doctor from AIDS Center and 4 nurses. They conduct informational and educational work on HIV/AIDS, promote safe injecting behavior, exchange used syringes among injecting drug users, issuing information and educational materials, psycho-social counseling, rapid HIV testing ... ".

Drugs are easily taken root in Kazakhstan due to the influence of Western culture and lifestyle

The main goal of media in coverage of the drug problem - contribute to the audience's negative attitude toward the potion. Well-known Kazakh media coach Yerzhan Suleimenov said abuot it today in Almaty in Training on drug abuse prevention. "The reasons that drugs so easily settled down in Kazakhstan - the influence of Western culture and propaganda of the Western lifestyle, crisis of values in society, as well as the weakening of family ties," - said E.Suleymenov. He added that, despite these factors, the media and the Internet can play a huge role in the prevention of drug use and drug-related crime.
Treatment and prevention

Tests for drugs and mental health will be mandatory for getting drivers license

Those, who wishing to obtain a driving license in Kazakhstan, will have to pass examination, testing for drug use and psychiatric examination accompined with psychological testing. It was reported by the Minister of Health Kairbekova Salidat at the Goverment session, the IA "News Kazakhstan" highlighted.

Addicts can become recipients of social services in Kazakhstan

Drug addicts can be included among the recipients of the guaranteed volume of social services, reports Tengrinews.kz. "For the further joint solution in the framework of sectoral program on combating drug addiction and drug trafficking for 2012-2016 entrusted to the Ministry of Health to consider the inclusion of patients with a diagnosis of "addiction" in the early stages of the disease in the number of recipients of the guaranteed volume of social services. Law enforcement agencies tasked to process target indicators and indicators of sectoral programs as reported by the Committee on the Anti-Narcotics of the Ministry of the Interior.

The Ministry of Health will not increase the number of "methadone addicts"

In Kazakhstan, the program of opioid substitution therapy (OST) with methadone as the main drug for treatment of opioid addiction is running, involving 273 patients. Increase this number to the end of 2013 is not planned, Tengrinews.kz reports citing the Ministry of Health.

The police and the youth of the East Kazakhstan region held an action "Tourism against drugs"

Employees of the Anti-Narcotics Body of the Department of Internal Affairs of the East Kazakhstan region together with the "Alliance of Civil Society" held a series of measures to prevent substance abuse and drug-related crimes among the youth of the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk, including an action called "Tourism against drugs" told BNews.kz according to the Department of Internal Affairs.

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Drug crime

Traffic police found 118 kilograms of marijuana

In Kostanai region the large amount of drugs - 118 kilograms of dried marijuana - was seizured as the press service of the Department of Internal Affairs of Kostanai region reported. Drugs were found by traffic police. February 12 patrol car of the battalion of traffic police  №112 operating by Armand Kaidarova and Roman Bernhardt patroled the road Kostanay-Auliekol-Surhan.

More than 20 kilograms of drugs were trying to smuggle in prisons of the country this year

More than six months of this year - from January to July 4 - prisons' employees seized 21 kilograms of various drugs, those were tried to pass to prisoners by their relatives, the press service of the Committee of the correctional system reported. All relatives and friends of the prisoners, who were detained with drugs, were prosecuted. The total number of such cases is 38. This is more than last year six months, for similar cases were 26. Another 275 Kazakhstani fined three and a half thousand tenge that tried to bring to the prisons alcohol, money and cell phones.

Kazakhstan customs officers seized 100 kg of drugs during half a year

Customs of Kazakhstan in the first half of the year seized about 100 kg of drugs, according to BNews.kz referring to the press service of the Customs Control Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan. It is still remained urgent work to combat illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and other prohibited items. "In the first half of the year customs authorities opened 32 criminal cases of illicit trafficking seized about 100 kg of various narcotics, including more than 21 kilograms of heroin," - said in a statement.

In Almaty summed up the large-scale operation "Koknar"

On the basis of Dog Training Center in Almaty, Kazakhstan Ministry of Internal Affairs held an operational meeting with the chairman of the Committee on Anti-Narcotics of the Ministry of Internal Affairs - A. Vyborov. The meeting was attended by representatives of the customs authorities and border guards CNS of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the State Service for Drug Control of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as heads of territorial divisions of the Anti-Narcotics Bodies, the press service of the Department of Internal Affairs reported. During the period of its implementation it was confiscated more than 18 tons of drugs from the illicit trafficking, prevented 35 wholesale supply of marijuana and heroin. 8 transactions on a "controlled delivery" were conducted, 2 of them were external ones. 13 foreigners were arrested for drug-related crimes. In the operation  specially trained search dogs were involved.

International cooperation

Measures to combat drug smuggling outlined Kazakh and Russian service of the Interior

In Pavlodar a working meeting of heads of territorial bodies of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federal Drug Control Service was held to combat drug smuggling, the press service of the Department of Internal Affairs reported. It was attended by heads of departments Federal Drug Control Service of the Novosibirsk and Omsk regions and the Altai Territory, the Kazakhstan was represented by Departments of Internal Affairs of North Kazakhstan, East Kazakhstan and Pavlodar regions, the leadership of the Committee on Anti-Narcotics Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan. At the meeting reviewed the situation with drug trafficking through the Kazakh-Russian borders, discussed the organization of exchange of operational information on organized criminal groups.

Discussed cooperation in the fight against drugs between Kazakhstan and the United States

Today in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan the chairman of the Committee on Anti-Narcotics of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan, Major-General of Police - A.Vyborov met with the Deputy Director of the Regional Office of the Federal Office for the US Drug Enforcement Administration - Donald Barnes. At the meeting they discussed issues of harmonization of the draft agreement between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Federal Office for the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on cooperation in the fight against illicit traffic of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors and substances abuse.

CSTO create a youth council for the prevention of drug use

Working group meeting of the Coordinating Council of heads of competent authorities to combat drug trafficking of Collective Security Treaty Organization, which considered the measures on drug prevention, rehabilitation and resocialization of drug-addicted persons in the CSTO member states, held in Moscow, "Interfax-Kazakhstan".

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Prosecutors of CIS member states discussed the fight against drug trafficking

Today in Bishkek held a regular meeting of the Coordinating Council of Prosecutors General of the CIS member states, which was attended by the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Ashat Daulbaev, the press service of the Prosecutor General stated. The meeting was attended by heads of higher supervisory authorities of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, as well as representatives of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly and the Executive Committee of the CIS.