|Police inspect drug use at a bar in Đồng Nai Province’s Biên Hòa City. — Photo baodongnai.com.vn|Viet Nam News
ĐỒNG NAI — The number of drug users is rising in the southern province of Đồng Nai, causing public concern in the region.
A meeting held by Đồng Nai Province’s Party Committee on drug control and prevention has revealed that there are nearly 4,500 drug users in the province, some 1,100 more than 2017.
Of these, 820 drug users are receiving treatment at rehabilitation centres.
Most drug addicts are between 16-30 years old and have no stable jobs or are unemployed.
The drug-users tend to be young, while up to 80 per cent of them use methamphetamine.
In addition to popular drugs, some new kinds of drugs like synthetic cannabis and khát (Catha edulis) leaves are being used.
The extreme dangers of amphetamine-type stimulants, especially methamphetamine, cause difficulties in rehabilitation work.
To cope with the situation, the provincial Party Committee has asked local authorities to enhance the dissemination of drug prevention in schools, offices and residential areas.
The police, customs and health sectors in the province were requested to crack down on the trade and use of drugs while strengthening inspections of enterprises engaged in the import of substances for agriculture and other legitimate uses to slow the illegal trade and production of drugs. — VNS