|Psychological support and consultations for drug addicts can help control HIV/AIDS by connecting drug addicts to healthcare services as well as ARV treatment. — File photo VNA/VNS|
HÀ NỘI – A conference was held in Hà Nội on Monday to discuss a model to provide psychological support and consultations for drug addicts before the court hands out decisions on compulsory detoxification methods to them.
Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyễn Thị Hà said that detoxification and rehabilitation for drug addicts have been implemented synchronously across the country, while legal documents for the work have been completed.
Many modern models from around the world have also been applied in Việt Nam, she added.
She noted that as of 2017, Việt Nam had over 220,000 drug addicts from all walks of life and at different ages, including 100,000 receiving treatment.
However, the number of synthetic drug addicts continued rising requiring new and more effective treatment methods, she stressed.
Ha suggested that participants discuss possible difficulties and advantages as the model is piloted in Hà Nội and HCM City.
Vũ Huy Hoàng from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SANHSA) held that the model can help improve treatment service quality for drug addicts while helping control HIV/AIDS by connecting drug addicts to healthcare services as well as ARV treatment.
The model aims to strengthen coordination among justice, healthcare, social agencies as well as the community in assisting drug addicts in accessing and strictly following healthcare, social and judicial services in the community, thus reducing the risk of relapse. — VNS