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More methadone treatment centres to open in HCM City

Update: April, 15/2014 - 08:49

Methadone is used as a pain reliever in drug-addiction detoxification and maintenance programmes.— Photo phapluatxahoi

HCM CITY (VNS)— Two more methadone treatment centres will open in HCM City's Tan Phu and Binh Tan districts this year, increasing the total number to eight.

Methadone is used as a pain reliever in drug-addiction detoxification and maintenance programmes.

Speaking at a conference on HIV/AIDS prevention, Hua Ngoc Thuan, vice chairman of the city's People's Committee, said the methadone distribution points would be located in all wards and communes.

Nguyen Hoang Long, head of the Viet Nam Administration of HIV/AIDS, said the city's methadone coverage rate among addicts was too low.

According to a report from the HCM City AIDS Prevention Committee, at least 1,461 addicts out of 16,000 addicts were treated with methadone between 2011 and 2013.

The existing methadone treatment centres are located in the districts of 4,6, 8, Binh Thanh, Go Vap, and Thu Duc.

Long asked the city to open more centres so that he could increase the number of addicts to 5,000 by 2015.

Long said that methadone treatment was a highly effective method to prevent drug relapse. The treatment has been carried out since 2008, and with a total of 94 methadone treatment centres serving 16,500 users in the country.

By 2015, the centre expects to treat 80,000 drug addicts with methadone. —VNS

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