Russia's youth faces worst crisis of homelessness and substance misuse since second world warBMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7504.1348-b (Published 09 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1348
- Andrew Osborn
Russia's youth is caught up in one of the worst health crises in the country's history, with unprecedented numbers of children and teenagers turning to cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs, Russia's interior minister has warned. Rashid Nurgaliyev blamed the situation on the virtual collapse of the Russian health service in 1991, when the Soviet Union fell, and on the economic misery and moral crisis that has affected the country ever since.
He said that four million Russian teenagers were drug users (of a total of 144 million) and that one million …