“Each person counts: Kazakhstanis’ stories of the world drug problem in photographs”

UNODC

The United Nations in Kazakhstan with UNODC being a lead in cooperation with the USAID marked the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking - 26 June - by opening a ten-day photo exhibition entitled “Each person counts: Kazakhstanis’ stories of the world drug problem in photographs” by renown photographer, Nick Danziger.

The renowned photographer, Nick Danziger, tells the story of people affected by drug use disorders and of professionals providing drug dependence treatment and care services to those in need.

Available data show that there is still a major challenge ahead: according to the last World Drug Report (2017) only one in six persons with a drug use disorder has access to treatment services. Further, only 7.1% of those with past-year substance use disorders received minimally adequate treatment: 10.3% in high income, 4.3% in upper-middle income and 1.0% in low/lower-middle income countries (Degenhardt et al., 2017).

In Kazakhstan, in 2016 only 0,23% of the estimated number of drug users with opioid dependence had access to medication assisted treatment, as opposed to the 20-40% recommended by the WHO, UNODS and UNAIDS (UNODC, 2017).