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Ivan Anoshkin’s complaint to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health regarding the lack of evidence based drug treatment in Russia

In 2011, Ivan Anoshkin, a drug user from Togliatti, Russia, sent a complaint to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health regarding the lack of evidence based drug treatment in Russia. Currently the complaint is being reviewed by the Special Rapporteur.

Read Ivan’s story here.

Read or download Ivan Anoshkin’s complaint here.

Below is an excerpt from Ivan’s complaint.

“…STATEMENT OF FACTS

Introduction

14.1.        This application concerns the violation of the applicant’s rights under article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (violation of the right to the highest attainable standard of health). The applicant submits that an automatic blanket ban on access to opioid substitution treatment (OST) violates her right to highest attainable standard of health. This ban impedes the availability and accessibility of effective and evidence-based methods of drug treatment. It impedes also the ability of medical practitioners to act in the best interests of their clients, based on their clinical needs. The applicant submits that a blanket restriction on access to effective methods of drug treatment (OST) mandated by the federal law on drugs does not serve a legitimate aim and is against the internationally accepted rules and principles of human rights and, in particular, the right to highest attainable standard of health.

14.2.        Due to the above-mentioned restriction, the applicant has been repeatedly barred from effective methods of drug treatment in the Russian Federation for many years. As a consequence, he continuously used drug intravenously which resulted in acquiring Hepatitis C, HIV (which by now might be AIDS). Furthermore, without adequate treatment the applicant continued to use drug, resulting in committing drug- related offences for which he was sentenced to five different prison terms. Currently the applicant is facing trial for possession of illicit drugs for personal use…”



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