David Otiashvili

Alternative Georgia

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David Otiashvili, MD, PhD. Graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University in 1992, received qualification of Psychiatrist. Spent ten years in clinical work treating patients with substance use disorders. In 2003-2004 as a NIDA Humphrey Fellow studied substance abuse research at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. In 2013 received PhD in Health Psychology from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. For last decade his major focus has been addiction research and education programs in addiction science.

David has been involved with harm reduction and drug policy advocacy at a national and regional level. He was one of the founders of Georgian Harm Reduction Network and served as a Chair of the board for initial five-year period. He also served as a Chair of the Steering Committee of EHRN in 2009-2011. He serves as representative of civil society sector in Georgian Interagency Drug Policy Coordinating Council.

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