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According to recent research, there are about 45,000 drug users in Georgia!

About 42,000 drug users are not involved in the rehabilitation programs!

Until 2015, Georgia drug policy was oriented on severe punishment instead of rehabilitation!

You can see the results of Georgian drug policy in biographies of individuals. Their stories show the cost of drug addiction for them, for their families and society.


“Drug users and drug sellers were punished equally in Georgia before 2015. From 2010 until May 2015, about 6,000 people (government does not know how many of them are drug users and how many are drug sellers) were punished as hard as people who were convicted for rape and premeditated murder.

Rape – chapter N137-1. Imprisonment from 4 to 6 years

Premeditated murder - chapter 108. Imprisonment from 7 to 15 years

Drug crimes - chapter 260.1 – Imprisonment up to 11 years, chapter 260.2 – – Imprisonment from 7 to 14 years

Rehabilitation VS Jail

Drug policy liberalization

From 2006 until 2015, Georgian law did not differentiate between drug users and drug sellers (punishment for both could be as long as 14 years in prison)

Starting in 2015, the punishment for drug buyers was reduced (chapter 260; imprisonment from 6 months to 6 years)

There are about 45.000 drug users in Georgia. Only 2,300 of them are involved in rehabilitation programs.

1,187 drug users are involved in methadone programs.

In 2015, funding for drug rehabilitation programs was reduced 200,000 lari (about $84,000)

In 2015, funding for drug rehabilitation programs will be 300,000 lari (about $126,000)

According to Georgian law, chapter 42, paragraph 8, no one is obliged to testify against himself, deliver one's biological materials, or pass the a clinical test.

From 2010 through 2013, 142,716 were tested for drugs. In 2013, the amount of money spent on drug testing was more than 3 million lari (about $1.26 million).

In the UN official recommendation document, the necessity for reforms to the strict drug policy is underlined.

On August 11, 2014, by order of the Minister of Health, emergency medical service staff do not have an obligation to call police in cases of drug overdose. In these cases, a patient's medical expenses will be covered by the state

Drug distribution world map

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