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HCM City confronts drug addiction head-on

Update: November, 04/2015 - 10:35
Drug addicts in HCM City will gather at social protection centres before undertaking compulsory detoxification and rehabilitation. — Photo dantri.com.vn

HCM City (VNS) — Drugs addicts from across HCM City will gather at social protection centres before undertaking compulsory detoxification and rehabilitation, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen said.

Chuyen made this statement yesterday while responding to a request by Do Van Duong, a representative voter from HCM City to continue a resolution on drug issues in the city.

She said the MoLISA had suggested the government extend the implementation of Resolution 77/2014, Clause 3, Article 5, on the management of drug addiction in HCM City.

The government had agreed to continue gathering non-residential drug addicts at social protection centres before sending them to others centres for detoxification and rehabilitation, according to the minister.

The suggestion would be placed before the current National Assembly meeting for approval, Chuyen said.

Resolution 77, which was put into effect last December, had effectively helped improve the city's social security by controlling the number of drug addicts, a report from the HCM City authority has revealed.

The number of criminal cases including robbery and housebreaking had decreased since a total of 5,400 addicts were put under management in social protection centres after nearly a year of implementing the resolution, according to the report.— VNS

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