Though the GOAJ has expressed its desire to address substance abuse and drug addiction, the response so far has been inadequate.
The GOAJ has demonstrated sustained interest in enhanced border control through joint initiatives with the U.
While more progress is necessary, GOAJ continues to develop and implement measures, both unilaterally and with international partners, designed to secure its borders.
Current figures provided by the GOAJ indicate that there are 24,000 identified drug addicts in Azerbaijan, with 6,000 of those persons identified as young adults; however, government officials acknowledge that international experts often state that those figures do not reflect the actual situation in Azerbaijan.
In 2009, the GOAJ discontinued its anti-narcotics public service announcement program that used kiosks and billboards in downtown Baku; however, the government has replaced this program with one designed to focus primarily on students.
Though the GOAJ has expressed its desire to address substance abuse and drug addiction, these underlying issues, coupled with the lack of effective structured government-sponsored programs targeting drug abuse, hinder progress in combating drug abuse.
The GOAJ has demonstrated its commitment to increasing its ability to more securely and efficiently guarantee the integrity of its international borders through joint initiatives with the U.
In 2009, the GOAJ discontinued its counternarcotics public service announcement program that used kiosks and billboards in downtown Baku.
On university campuses, the GOAJ funded NGOs to receive training on narcotics, create on campus counternarcotics advertisements, and have drug specialists meet with students.
Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Office continued to assist the Azerbaijan State Border Service (SBS) and the State Customs Committee (SCC) and other GOAJ agencies involved in export control and related border security.
and GOAJ will continue to expand their efforts to conduct law enforcement assistance programs in Azerbaijan.
Such programs will include: helping the GOAJ
modernize its criminal records system; training and exchanges for Azerbaijan's law enforcement officials and police officers; and forensic lab development, in addition to counternarcotics/drug enforcement programs.