CND day 4 – Plenary statement of Hungary on drug demand reduction

New 2009 Hungarian national drug policy: During the preparatory phase: consultations with international bodies. The main guiding principle is a balanced approach between demand and supply reduction interventions, integrated and disciplinary approach.

Policy evaluation is also an immense part of our strategy. We need reliable and comparable data. And we need this at the international level.

There needs to be a stress on the social exclusion and consequences on drug users. Our recovery services include: housing, mental health treatment, counselling for jobs, etc. This requires the integration of social and health services.

The harm reduction interventions as used in the EU are effective to reduce the spread of HIV, and reduce the burden of IDUs in society, and prevent drug-related deaths. The role of civil society is important to provide prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and harm reduction.

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