Effects of repressive drug policies on HIV

Effects of repressive drug policies on HIV

Sergii Dvoriakis co-founder of the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy and has been a member of the IAS since 2007. Sergii also currently serves on the IAS Governing Council. Through his position, Sergii works on implementing Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) and other evidence-based treatment modalities for people who inject drugs (PWID) in Ukraine. The very conservative approaches to drug treatment and zero tolerance attitude toward drug consumption in the Eastern European region have led to an alarming increase in HIV infections. Sergii shares the evidence of how drug policies in Eastern Europe have led to a dramatic increase in HIV infections, his first-hand experience with the people who have been directly affected by these prohibitive policies, and what leadership must do to push forward drug reform at this pivotal moment. This is his story…

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