Experimental drug rehabilitation program in HCMC, Thai Nguyen

At a meeting held between the Department for Prevention of Social Evil under the Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and HCMC authorities on February 8, it was decided that medical treatment and consultation for drug addicts as well as their rehabilitation program will commence from June 2012.

As per the program, meant to assist medical workers to improve treatment of drug addicts in Vietnam, drug addiction treatment clinics will be established in communities on an experimental basis to provide service to addicts.

These clinics will be open for addicts who come in voluntarily for treatment and will be easily accessible with other necessary services.

This program is expected to treat around 30 in-patients and 50 out-patients per month. Treatment at hospitals or at homes will depend on addicts’ choice, so as not to segregate them from society.

Duration of treatment will be from three months for in-patients and 12 months for out-patients.

The program, funded by the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has been planned for the period from January 2011 until September 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City and the northern province of Thai Nguyen.

The program will also incorporate finding jobs and providing loans for former addicts to set up businesses of their own.

Younger addicts from 12-years of age must fill in an application form, and provide other necessary documents. Patients of families under social welfare policies or families whose economic condition is below the poverty line will enjoy free treatment for the first time, and a subsequent discount later.

The city will evaluate the effectiveness of the program at the end of its term in 2014.

By M. Hoa - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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