HA NOI (VNS) — In the past three years, Nguyen Manh Hung, head of the Detoxification Ward under National Psychiatric Hospital 1, has seen the number of patients hospitalised for mental disorders caused by crystal methamphetamine double.
In 2011, the hospital received about 10-15 such patients per month, but the number has since increased to 30.
"Heroin addicts suffer metal disorders after years, but crystal meth addicts suffer from such disorders after only a few months because the meth ravages their brain faster," said Hung.
Crystal meth addicts typically cannot control their behaviour, putting them at risk of causing public disorder.
"The patients have various delusions. One always worries that he will be killed and hides in the toilets whereas another sings and dances all day," said Hung.
Treating the patients was very difficult, he said, as their brains were seriously damaged. The treatment takes at least three months but can last years depending on how long the patient has been using.
Ha Noi Police statistics indicate that 72 per cent of crystal meth users are between 18-30 years old, while 26 per cent are more than 30 and the remaining 2 per cent are under 18. — VNS