In pictures: Beating heroin in Russia

Heroin scourge

Heroin has plagued Yekaterinburg, Russia's fifth-largest city (pop 1.3m), for more than a decade.

Campaigners believe it has caused about 50,000 deaths since 1999 in the Urals city and surrounding Sverdlovsk Region (total pop 4.5m).

Officially, 80,000 people die in Russia annually from drug-related causes.

Drug-Free City is a private Yekaterinburg fund campaigning for tougher action against the heroin trade and providing rehab centres outside the city which offer a “cold turkey” cure.

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