|Titre :||Illicit drugs in Central Asia: What we know, what we don't know, and what we need to know [Editorial] (2014)|
|Auteurs :||A. LATYPOV ; J. P. GRUND ; N. EL-BASSEL ; L. PLATT ; H. STÖVER ; S. STRATHDEE|
|Type de document :||Article : Périodique|
|Dans :||International Journal of Drug Policy (Vol.25, n°6, November 2014)|
|Article en page(s) :||1155-1162|
|Discipline :||SAN (Santé publique / Public health)|
Thésaurus TOXIBASEPRODUIT ILLICITE ; VIH ; HEPATITE ; INJECTION ; MORTALITE ; EPIDEMIOLOGIE ; CORRUPTION ; CRIMINALITE ; TUBERCULOSE ; PRISON
Thésaurus GéographiqueASIE DU CENTRE
In 2013, two special issues with focus on health and drugs in Central Asia were published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence and Central Asian Survey journals ( El-Bassel et al., 2013a, Latypov, 2013 and Latypov, 2014). In this third special issue published by the International Journal of Drug Policy, the authors of ten research papers and commentaries seek to provide additional knowledge on a range of issues related to illicit drugs in the region, including the epidemiology of drug use and drug-related infectious diseases and other consequences, drug treatment and harm reduction programmes, the Central Asian drug markets and actors, drug economies and the state-crime nexus.
What informs these most recent papers and what questions, critical for our understanding and interpretation of on-going challenges in Central Asia, do they raise? In this editorial we highlight eleven core aspects of the intensely disquieting public health situation in Central Asia, discussed in these papers. We also point at two further, less exposed aspects – tuberculosis and the region's prison systems.
HIV, HCV, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs); injecting drug use, imprisonment, poverty and stigma; drug business, state corruption, criminalisation and extortion; impoverished health services and poorly educated and motivated health professionals, unable to cope with the rising tide. These are the interlocking biological and social ingredients of the region's mounting syndemic (Singer & Clair, 2003). We finally draw together this amalgam of profiteering, corruption, addiction and disease, illustrating how its vicious synergy fosters disease and seriously jeopardises the well-intended efforts to modernise the region's response to the disease burden discussed in this special issue. [Introduction]
|Domaine :||Drogues illicites / Illicit drugs|
|Sous-type de document :||Editorial|
|Affiliation :||Management Sciences for Health, Leadership, Management and Governance, Kiev, Ukraine|