The Golden Crescent and HIV/AIDS in Central Asia: deadly interactions.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Afghanistan has become the world's largest producer of illicit opiates. Opium and its derivative heroin are widespread substances of use, abuse and dependency in Central Asia. The region is currently undergoing expanding HIV epidemics driven largely by needle sharing among people who use drugs, in contexts where public health interventions to reduce the harms associated with substance use are limited by policy, law and legalistic and repressive approaches to drug users. Evidence-based approaches to drug treatment are lacking or limited in multiple states. Urgent reform is needed. The massive volumes of Afghan's illicit opiate exports are having serious impacts on the health of the region.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Beyrer, C

Published Date

  • 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 570 - 576

PubMed ID

  • 21590558

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1744-1706

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/17441692.2011.572080


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England