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Drug detoxification inspection to start

Update: June, 25/2012 - 10:11

HA NOI — The Ha Noi Department of Health, together with the municipal Department of Social Evil Prevention, will start a five-day inspection on the implementation of professional regulations oo drug detoxification treatments at rehabilitation centres across the city.

The inspection, which starts today, will focus on the management and use of narcotic and psychotropic drugs at 20 State-owned rehabilitation centres.

The department will co-operate with the municipal Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to give health check-ups to 750 people at 10 rehabilitation centres in the specialities of psychiatry, tuberculosis, and skin diseases.

The department will also continue to coordinate with relevant agencies to implement methadone pilot projects in six districts, including Tu Liem, Long Bien, Ha Dong, Hai Ba Trung and Dong Da. Four more districts will be chosen to expand the scale of the project.

The department will organise training around rapid drug tests via urine for local medical staff to better help authorised forces detect drug addicts or relapse addicts in the province.

Yesterday, a meeting was held to celebrate the International Day against Drug Abuse (June 26).

Speaking at the meeting, Senior-General Dang Van Hieu, member of Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee and Deputy Minister of Public Security, urged the ministries, branches and localities to continue promoting the dissemination of the affects of drug, especially synthetic drugs, to make young people fully aware of its danger.

He asked the specialised forces to have effective measures to prevent drug trafficking from foreign countries.

Hieu also called upon the international community to pay more attention to the prevention and fight against drugs in Viet Nam, including the continued prioritising of financial and technical support to the country.

National Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Zhuldyz Akisheva said Viet Nam should rebalance drug related policies and give addiction, prevention and treatment based on respect for human rights.

Figures from the ministry showed that in 2011 and the first six months of this year, over 30,000 drug cases were found and 40,000 were arrested. — VNS

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