This is a response discussing another article in the same issue of the journal (McKee, M.; Substance use and social and economic transition: the need for evidence. International Journal of Drug Policy (2002) 13 (6), pp. 443-449). The authors agree with many but not all of McKee's points about the increase in substance abuse resulting from the collapse of communism in the former Soviet Union and the need for research on the subject, and add some comments of their own.
International Journal of Drug Policy (2002) Volume 13, Issue 6, Pages 465-467 [doi:10.1016/S0955-3959(02)00127-5]