Ukrainian youth in the grip of pseudonarcotics


April 9, 2010, Mainstream Communication & Consulting conducted a roundtable on the problem of new types of drugs legalization in Ukraine in the press center of the «Ukrainian News» agency.

Ukrainian NGO «Committee on Fighting Organized Crime and Corruption» initiated the event.

Many have already heard about new types of drugs, which appeared in the Ukrainian market, notably smoking blends that are offered on the Internet in abundance, the so-called «mixes». These blends have synthetic structure and their influence is five times stronger than of marihuana. They are worse than any other smoking drugs known to the mankind. «Mixes» have already caused numerous suicides among youth in the world. Russia has even prohibited hookahs because of these drugs.

NGO «Committee on Fighting Organized Crime and Corruption» wrote letters to the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov, and the Speaker of Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Lytvyn, asking to assist in prohibition of free sale of various drugs, including smoking blends, in the short run.

Over 10 public organizations participated in the roundtable, namely: All-Ukrainian Union of Public Organizations «Movement against Drug Abuse and Narco-corruption», the Internet Party of Ukraine, Ukrainian NGO «Young Christians Union of Ukraine», Ukrainian Youth NGO «Union of Youth of the Regions of Ukraine», NGO «People’s Chamber of Ukraine», Society of Assistance to Defense of Ukraine, NGO «New Wave», etc.

«We could not bypass such problem as legalization of smoking blends in Ukraine. That is why our organization initiates imposition of ban on this plague. We know how to solve this problem, and we would like to offer our vision of its solution to the government of Ukraine. We believe that only together the people of Ukraine and the state will be able to overcome any disease,» the committee head Oleksiy Kosarev declared.