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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.