ECtHR: It’s ok to refuse to give methadone to drug addicts
In Abdyusheva and Others v. Russia (Application no. 58502/11), the European Court of Human Rights found no violation of the right to respect for private life (Article 8 ECHR) by Russia for refusing requests for replacement therapy for the opioid use of drug addicts. The substances requested as substitutes, methadone and buprenorphine, are prohibited as medical treatment in Russia to all patients. The ECtHR has endorsed the decision of Russian authorities, taking into account the public-health risks of replacement therapy, as well as the individual situation of Ms Abdyusheva, who was receiving medical assistance.
Read the judgment (in French) here.