On March 21, the Ukrainian side within the framework of the 62nd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs that is being held in Vienna (Austria) with the support of the Project, EU Action against Drugs and Organised Crime (EU-ACT) held a parallel event on counteraction to new psychotropic substances in Ukraine.
The event was attended by Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the international organizations in Vienna Ihor Prokopchuk and representative of the European Commission Peter Mihok.
The members of the Ukrainian delegation talked about the role of the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine, the National Police of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine in counteracting the illicit trafficking of new psychoactive substances.
New psychoactive substances in its properties and composition are analogues to illicit drugs and psychotropic substances. In our country, there is currently no legislative mechanism for the prompt detection and establishment of national control over the circulation of such substances. This is an obstacle to effective counteraction to their treatment. The current procedural path is long, tough and unacceptable for effective struggle.
The Ministry of Healthcare together with the National Police and the Security Service have shaped a procedure for assigning drugs and substances to analogues of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. This procedure is based on the similarity of the chemical structure of the substance to the chemical structure of the substance included in the List of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors, approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of May 6, 2000 No. 770, which is stipulated that both substances are derived from one basic structure with a minimum the number of differences compared with other substances from the List with the same basic structure.
Within the framework of the visit the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the international organizations in Vienna had to block attempt of the Russian Federation to legitimize the temporary occupation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. The attention of the participants was drawn to the membership of the peninsula, continuing aggression of Russia against our state, as well as Russia’s disregard of international law and resolutions of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
It should be noted that in December 2018, the Government outlined that ensuring the formation and implementation of state policy in the sphere of circulation of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, its analogues and precursors, counteraction to its illicit circulation and coordination of activities of executive authorities on these issues are separate tasks of the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine.