Former Soviet Union Immigrant Illicit Drug Use in Israel (1989-2010): Implications for Prevention and Treatment Policy

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Since 1989, former Soviet Union (FSU) emigration policy allowed millions of people to exit to western countries. Method: This study examined FSU immigrants and their impact on Israeli illicit drug problems reported by police using a method of exploration and estimation suggested by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Result: Findings show the country’s illicit drug related police reports from 1989 to 2010 largely attributed to FSU immigrants. Conclusion: Many FSU immigrants have contributed to the country’s growth and development.

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