Rehabilitation of addicts to cost Russia 25 bln rubles annually - drug control service

The Russian Federal Drug Control Service said that the state program to rehabilitate and re-socialize drug addicts would cost 150 billion rubles until 2020.

"This is around 25 billion rubles annually," Federal Drug Control Service Chief, Viktor Ivanov, told reporters in Moscow on Tuesday.

"If we match it with economic losses from drug addiction alone, the Russian economy misses annually about 2 trillion rubles. Multiply what it will lose until 2020 and compare it with 150 billion rubles," Ivanov said.

The drug control service has drafted the program to rehabilitate and re-socialize drug addicts, which is currently being approved by other agencies.

Ivanov said that the program would save "tens of thousands of young people's lives." Ivanov said that the program included establishing a network of rehabilitation centers to treat addicts and to help them get back to normal life.

Ivanov said at a drug control service meeting on Tuesday that his agency had completed drafting the program to rehabilitate and re-socialize addicts.

"The draft of the state program has been developed and is currently being approved by the health ministry, finance ministry, and ministry of economic development. It would be nice if the procedure doesn't get delayed," Ivanov.

Ivanov said that he expected that the number of former addicts would grow "from the current 20,000-25,000 people to 150,000 people thanks to the program."

Ivanov has said that the annual drug-related death toll in Russia was up to 100,000 people, Ivanov said. In June 2012, Ivanov said that the latest research of the drug control service has shown that 8.5 million people in Russia use drugs regularly or occasionally. A total of 18.5 Russians used drugs at least once in their lives.

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