The programs for reduction of drug related harms are facing a great challenge. The donation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria through which these programs are financed is coming to a close in December 2016 and their future sustainability remains unresolved. According to the agreement with the Global Fund, the Government of the Republic of Macedonia is obliged to provide the finances, however, the terms under which the Government is going to undertake this obligation remain unclear, with no guarantees whatsoever.
This issue is dedicated to the sustainability of the programs for reduction of drug related harms. The head articles, predominantly supporting the issue’s topic, emphasize the importance and benefits from the harm reduction programs, offering models for their sustainability. However, the vague position and indifferent attitude of the competent institutions causes concern.
The other the articles, although not directly related to the main subject, offer an overview of the additional value harm reduction programs have to offer. In fact, harm reduction programs have a significant role in the institutional awakening and the introduction of flexible policies as a timely response to all trends of drug use in many countries through the world. What remains to be seen is the degree to which Macedonia is prepared to face drug use and respond properly to the citizens’ needs.