Toll rising from drug users in Crimea

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MELBOURNE: Russia’s annexation of Crimea has led to a surge in deaths among intravenous drug users, who no longer have access to vital therapy, specialists said at the world AIDS forum on Thursday. Michel Kazatchkine, former head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and now the United Nation’s AIDS envoy for eastern Europe, told Agence France-Presse he was “very concerned” and had heard of “20 documented deaths, possibly more.”

AFP

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