Drugs in Russia

Russia Drug Abuse

The eastern part of Europe, including the entire Commonwealth of Independent States, has experienced persistent drug issues. According to the most recent reports of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), drug addiction to heroin and cocaine has emerged as a real problem in modern day Russia. Understanding the trafficking patterns of these drugs may help to curtail this trend.

Heroin use has either stabilized or even declined in much of the European continent while it remains popular in Russia. Heroin trafficking in Russia is not new. Traditional heroin producing countries such as Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey are extremely close to the Southern and Western borders of Russia, and not far from Moscow and St. Petersburg. According to the latest report from UNODC, Afghanistan remains the world's leading producer and cultivator of opium, being responsible for 75 percent of global illicit opium production in 2012.

Opium shipments move primarily along the historical "Balkan route," a path used for centuries to move products from Afghanistan to Western Europe via Iran and Turkey. In 2012, countries along this route continued to report by far the largest numbers of seizures of heroin in the world.

According to the most recent worldwide usage reports, in 2010, an estimated 26 to 36 million people are abusing this class of drug worldwide. Heroin is the top form of this drug that is being consumed. Heroin addiction as well as other opioid addiction is a serious worldwide health issue. The need for effective treatment for opioid and opiate addiction is crucial in all parts of the world.

Russian Cocaine Usage and Trafficking

Cocaine Bag

Like heroin, the cocaine demand has been fairly stable in most of Europe in recent years but cocaine markets now show signs of expanding into non-EU Eastern European countries such as Russia.

According to the latest World Drug Report, some of the cocaine seized in Europe may be destined for non-EU markets such as Russia and China, whose importation routes have been changing. A number of recent major seizures in the eastern part of Europe suggest that cocaine trafficking, although still limited, may be expanding eastward into the Eastern Baltic Sea area. Some experts believe this region may become the next cocaine entry point into Europe.

Demand for Drugs Creates Supply

Drug smuggling and organized criminal groups continue to flourish in Russia since there is a continued high demand for these substances. Organized crime groups in Russia are elusive as they continue to change their routes and methods of importing and exporting drugs in order to evade law enforcement. More and more young people meanwhile become addicted to illegal drugs daily and sadly, many lose their battle with addiction.

Cutting Back on Demand for Drugs with Effective Education

Only effective and early education in Russia and other countries will help to curb the demand for more drugs. Early drug education is actually the only thing that our society as a whole, parents and teachers can use to effectively combat spreading drug abuse. When young children are taught the truth of what drugs do, they are much more likely to avoid using drugs in their own lives. What of those people already addicted, who now want to stop using drugs?

Narconon Helps Those Who Want to Quit

Fortunately for tens of thousands of former drug abusers, Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers exist in nearly fifty locations around the world, including several in Russia. Narconon rehab centers offer a unique and highly effective drug and alcohol rehab program consisting of eight steps which can help a person recover lasting sobriety.

Narconon in Russia

Narconon St. Petersburg Russia

There are several Narconon rehab centers in Russia, some of which also provide drug education and prevention. Several more places in the CIS specialize in prevention and drug information. Narconon rehab facilities are located in Moscow, Dimitrovgrad, St Petersburg, and Yekaterinburg. In addition, Moscow and Dimitrovgrad also provide drug education and prevention services. Additional drug education and information centers exist in Chelny, Shota, Tiblisi, Ufa and Voronezjh. In each Narconon rehab center, there are trained and concerned staff that will help anyone work his way through the Narconon program.

Narconon Continental Office the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

Moscow is home of the regional office for Narconon for the CIS. From this office anyone can obtain all the information he needs to start his own Narconon rehab or education center in any part of the Commonwealth as well as reliable information about any drug or substance. The Moscow-based office can also provide books, DVDs, other publications, and audio and video materials with the true data about drugs.

The staff of this regional Narconon office hold frequent conferences and deliver talks to various groups about drug-free drug rehab. For more information about Narconon and its locations or the CIS Continental Office of Narconon in Moscow, please see: http://www.narconon.org/narconon-centers/europe.html.


  • European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and Europol: EU drug markets report: a strategic analysis. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2012, available online at: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/joint-publications/drug-markets
  • European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction 2012 Annual report on the state of the drugs problem in Europe, EMCDDA, Lisbon, November 2012, available online at: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/annual-report/2012
  • UNODC, World Drug Report, 2013, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna, June 26, 2013, available online at: http://www.unodc.org/wdr/
  • UNODC (2012), World Drug Report 2012, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna, available online at: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/WDR-2012.html

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