|Drug addicted people at a rehabilitation centre in Ha Noi. Nearly 20,000 new drug users are recorded in Viet Nam every year. — Photo hanoi.gov.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Nearly 20,000 new drug users are recorded in Viet Nam every year, officials reported at a conference in Ha Noi last Friday to share experiences in detoxification and the re-integration of ex-addicts into society.
At the event held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, participants said the surfacing of many new kinds of drugs and psychotropic substances is further complicating authorised agencies' efforts to control drug usage.
At present, there are 142 drug rehabilitation centres across the country, 123 of which are run by the State and 19 run by individuals and private organisations.
More than 3,500 of the 11,157 communes, wards and towns nationwide are free of drugs and prostitution crimes. Commune-level voluntary social work groups have been set up in 39 provinces and cities to help fight crime, localities reported. — VNS