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Drug Dependence in Poland: Observation of Patients’ Rights in Residential Drug Treatment Centers

From 2009 to 2010, a team led by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (a grantee of the Global Drug Policy Program), examined the observation of patients’ rights in 18 residential drug treatment centers in Poland. While the study found that fundamental human rights were respected, it drew attention to examples of degrading treatment, a lack of mechanisms to verify the effectiveness of treatment, and a large amount of resources being allocated to residential treatment.

The authors’ recommendations include performing a full assessment of treatment available in Poland, diversifying the treatment offer, and assessing the cost-effectiveness of different types of treatment. The executive summary of the report is available for download in English, along with the full report in Polish.

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