The president of the Independent Narcological Guild, an expert of the Public Chamber, a narcologist Ruslan Isaev, in an interview with RT, assessed the adoption in Russia of a law on restoring the sobering-up system.
“This is undoubtedly a plus and a big step forward, because this problem is acute, especially in winter, and is already old. There are a lot of such people. I saw the statistics that in the Moscow region alone several tens of thousands of such cases occur over the winter,”Isaev said.
The expert emphasized that the return of the sobering-up centers will help ease the burden on the medical staff involved in treating other patients.
“Now, in the era of covid, this is especially important because the burden on hospitals is increasing,” the specialist added.
At the same time, the narcologist drew attention to the fact that at the stage of launching such a system, a number of difficulties may arise associated with the organizational form of these institutions.
"This is not a ready-made solution, but a permission for the regions to solve this problem, that is, this is a framework law … For a more effective implementation of the law, of course, it would be necessary to simultaneously launch a pilot federal project in one of the regions," the specialist added.
On December 22, the State Duma adopted a law on the restoration of the system of specialized institutions (sobering-up centers) in Russia.