OKANA branch moves out of Exarchia

The branch of the Organization Against Drugs (OKANA) in the central Athens district of Exarchia closed down on Tuesday and will move to the capital?s Elpis Hospital, the Health Ministry said Tuesday.

The branch — the second OKANA facility to close in central Athens since the summer — was providing care to around 300 people who will henceforth continue receiving care at the new unit at Elpis.

The ministry has pledged to relocate all OKANA centers out of central Athens as they have become the target of unscrupulous drug dealers and have spawned an illicit trade in methadone.