Russian Education and Society
, vol. 43, no. 6, June 2001, pp. 5–26.
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, V.E. P
Problems of Narcotics Prevention
in the Adolescent Community
In recent years the Russian Federation has experienced an alarm-
ing rise in amounts of confiscated narcotics, number of crimes
linked to illegal trafficking in narcotics, and scale of nonmedical
use of narcotics. The negative medical, social, and psychological
problems caused by this phenomenon are getting worse.
Narcotics are becoming more and more widely available. It is
a topic that is familiar and commonplace in the mass media. Par-
ents and teachers, physicians and journalists, and society as a
whole are all worried by the spread of narcotics abuse, and they
have objective reasons to be.
According to figures of the Ministry of Health of the Russian
Federation, as of 1 January 1999 the narcology dispensaries had
on their books 160,000 narcotics addicts (109.6 for every 100,000
population), more than 93,000 abusers of narcotic substances,
more than 13,000 people addicted to toxic substances, and more
than 29,000 abusers of potent toxic substances. In the past ten
years there has been a more than fivefold increase in the number
of registered people who are addicted to narcotics.
English translation © 2001 by M.E. Sharpe, Inc., from the Russian text
© 2000 by “Pedagogika.” “Problemy antinarkoticheskoi profilaktiki v
2000, no. 3, pp. 3–13. A publication of
the Russian Academy of Education and the Open University of Russia.