Russian sent to prison for the abduction and forced 'treatment' of drug users

A russian who kidnapped and forced drug users into treatment has been sent to prison for 3 and half years.

Russia has a huge heroin market with no access to opiate substitution therapy or state funded needle exchange. This has led to huge incidence of HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

The human rights of drug users in terms of access to essential medicines have been under heavy attack in Russia.

Mat Southwell of project manager of INPUD told TalkingDrugs:

"Human rights abuses conducted in the name of drug treatment happen in many countries, it speaks to the lack of respect for our community and everyone working in drug treatment needs to respect the right to choice and self-determination."