Number of drug addicts increases 87% within decade

Thursday 27/06/2019 15:31

VGP – The number of drug addicts witnessed an increase of 87% from 120,455 ones in November 2008 to 225,099 ones in 2018, according to the Ministry of Public Security’s draft report of the 10-year implementation of the Law on drug prevention and control.

Around 1,600 deaths were recorded every year due to overdose. 

Drug addicts are present at all localities, focusing among youth under 35 years old (76%). Around 50% of drug addicts have mental troubles. 

The proportion of drug criminals at prisons makes up 41.04% while the proportion of criminals using drug accounts for 28.58%. 

As of December 2018, as many as 79 public rehabilitation centers nationwide are providing Methadone treatment for 5,000 patients. 

In the 2009-2018 period, a total number of 289,724 drug addicts underwent compulsory rehabilitation treatment. 

At present, Methadone treatment has been launched at 314 laboratories at 63 provinces and cities nationwide, treating for 54,355 patients, reaching 67% of the criteria set by the PM. 

By Thuy Dung 

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