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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Drug Addiction Rises

MOSCOW -- Drug addiction in Moscow is on the rise, with an estimated 20,000 registered drug addicts, 7,000 of whom are juveniles, a Moscow health offici al said Friday.

The actual number of young drug users is likely to be about 50 times higher, said Nikolai Plavunov, the head of Moscow's Health Committee, Itar-Tass reported.

At a round-table discussion of the problem, Mayor Yury Luzhkov said the city would adopt a law allowing law enforcement agencies to shut down nightclubs that "show tolerance to the spreading of drug addiction," and urged tougher enforcement of drug laws.