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Kazakhstan Lacking Medical Facilities For Alcoholics

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 22:03

As of today, Kazakhstan needs additional medical facilities and other specialized institutions designed for the compulsory treatment of alcoholics. Minister of Internal Affairs Kalmukhanbet Kasymov expressed this opinion during his meeting with the population on June 14. In addition, he noted that almost every seventh crime committed in the republic, almost 50 percent of all murders and over 60 percent of all family and domestic crimes are committed in a state of intoxication.


According to the Minister, 193,000 people have been detained in public places in a drunken state in 2017. “To date, slightly less than 71,000 alcoholics are in the field of view of the police, of which more than 10,000 people are women and about 300 people are minors,” the minister stated.


In accordance with the information provided by the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan, only 31 sobering stations with a total capacity of 615 seats operate in the territory of the republic. These facilities are called Detoxification and Temporary Adaptation Centers, and they are under the jurisdiction of the National Ministry of Health.


“Such a number of facilities of this kind is clearly insufficient today. I believe their network should be expanded in the republic with the support of local executive bodies. Another question is: what to do with a person detained in a state of intoxication? Hospitals do not accept them, and the police has no grounds to place them in their specialized institutions,” the minister said.


In accordance with his assessment, the country also lacks a number of drug treatment organizations for the compulsory treatment of alcohol-dependent individuals. Currently, there are only 22 such organizations, with a total capacity of 2,470 people.

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