Drug Control in Central Asia
This video talks about Central Asia’s drug control problem and how they are not very well equipped to deal with this issue. This video addresses policy issues. These countries do not have the means to control their drug problem. One major factor is heroin coming from Afghanistan. Countries surrounding Afghanistan have a very high rate of heroin abuse. These abusers could be a productive part of society, but instead are doing drugs. The video talks about an agency that works in these countries to try to control the drug problem. They have mostly worked to limit supply. They also check borders for security and to gather information. Antonella Deledda of the United Nations Drug Control and Crime Program in Uzbekistan plans a trip through three countries to try to strengthen their cooperation. There were some budgetary or financial issues discussed. This drug control agency pays officers working for them more than three times the salary of local officers. They do this to try to prevent corruption, to convince officers not to pocket drugs, accept bribes, or otherwise become corrupt. The very high pay these officers receive is an incentive to keep clean and prevent the drug problem. Another issue they discussed is that the program is mostly funded by the United Nations, rather than the countries. They also discussed that there are rehabilitation services available, but usually only to those who can afford to pay for them. Future implications of this program are the countries working together more to try to prevent drug trafficking and abuse across Central Asia and the lessening of drug trafficking and abuse in these countries. An article from Osh and Brussels (2001) talks about the worsening drug problem in Afghanistan and Central Asia. According to their article, “opiates have fuelled conflict throughout the region and are likely to have been a significant source of financial support for terrorist organizations with a global reach” (Osh...
References: Osh, ., & Brussels, . (2001, November 26). Central Asia: Drugs and Conflict. In International Crisis Group. Retrieved December 11, 2014, from http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/asia/central-asia/025-central-asia-drugs-and-conflict.aspx
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