In pictures: Beating heroin in Russia


In quarantine

Addicts who come to the all-male centre at Izoplit, most of them at the insistence of their parents, spend the first 27 days "in quarantine".

They live together in a crowded, barred room, fed on a "monastic diet" of bread and water to clean their system.

Only those with heroin-related medical conditions like HIV or Hepatitis B are given medication and fed proper meals.

About 50 men - half the addicts at the centre - are in the room at any one time.

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