Hungary drowning in drugs – neither Fidesz nor MSZP cares

“Fidesz, the Socialist Party (MSZP) and the Christian Democrats failed to show up for today’s five-party roundtable discussion on the drug problem paralyzing Hungary,” said Lajos Rig, Jobbik’s politician specializing in healthcare related issues. In his press conference, Mr Rig thanked toxicologist Gábor Zacher for giving an in-depth analysis of Hungary’s current drug situation.

Jobbik’s MP was not surprised that the Socialists stayed away from the initiative. As he put it, “they have already given up on replacing the government, too. I doubt that a collapsing Socialist Party could have added much professional insight to this discussion.” Expressing his disappointment that Fidesz and the Christian Democrats did not consider this non-partisan issue important enough, he concluded that there were only two responsible parties truly interested in addressing this emergency: Jobbik and Politics Can Be Different Party (LMP).

Mr Rig stated that the crisis needed a social-political solution rather than some more legal regulation. Explaining the root causes of the problem, Mr Rig said the highest risk of drug abuse was detected in the impoverished groups of the society, which altogether include 3.5 million people. In the MP’s view, eliminating extreme poverty and reducing the size of these social groups from the current 28 per cent to the EU’s 5 per cent of the population could at least partly solve the problem.

The politician also raised another thought-provoking issue: 300 of 1000 young (17-18-year-old) drug users end up in hospitals where doctors struggle to save their lives. Criticizing the current system of Health Development Offices created by the government and unnecessarily stuffed with EU monies, Mr Rig expressed his opinion that it was unable to stop the growing drug abuse and asserted that Jobbik would allocate more resources to prevention. He added that Jobbik and LMP were going to develop a joint motion to address the matter, for the sake of protecting the future generations.


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