Zigon on Russia’s heroin epidemic

Jarrett Zigon writes for the Humanity blog and openDemocracy on the reasons for Russia’s booming heroin market. Underfunded political programmes with the sole purpose of criminalising drug users coupled with a severley corrupted legal system “help create a situation in which injecting drug users do all they can to avoid the world of official institutions, including the medical facilities that may be able to offer help.”

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