27 June 2021
UN/Resident Coordinator in Algeria, Ambassador Eric Overvest, commended Sunday, in Algiers, Algeria’s “strong” commitment to fight against drug addiction and drug trafficking, stressing the UN’s support to Algeria in this area.
In a speech delivered on the occasion of the celebration of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at the headquarters of the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital
Reform, Overvest highlighted “Algeria’s deep commitment to fight against drug addiction and drug trafficking in order to protect young people from this scourge,” welcoming “its willingness to strengthen prevention and health measures to address drug addiction.”
On this occasion, Overvest recalled that the report published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction had stated that “the number of deaths related to disorders caused by
drug addiction has doubled in 10 years,” stressing on the other hand, “a decline in the number of new cases of HIV among adults in the world with the exception of intravenous drug users who accounted for 10% of new cases in 2019.
Therefore, Overvest underlined the need to “strengthen the prevention programs in Algeria in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and civil society associations and with the help of the United Nations, and to give access to Opioid substitution therapy (OST) which was launched for the first time in Algeria at the beginning of the current year.