Substitution therapy for addicts is banned in Russia. Three activists are hoping to gain access to the treatment through the European court of human rights.

16 Sep 2016
Opioid substitution therapy (OST) – such as methadone or buprenorphine which are commonly used to treat heroin addiction in the UK – is banned in Russia.  In 2015 three Russians took the state to the European Court of Human Rights claiming the national policy was abusing their human rights.

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IDHDP was one of a small group of organisations which put forward expert testimony on their behalf.  This could be a landmark case - not just for these three individuals but for others in Russia and other parts of the world where this highly effective evidence based treatment is either banned or highly inaccessible.

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