Revisions of Law on Preventing and Combating Narcotic Drugs discussed

Saturday 14/11/2020 09:00

VGP - Lawmakers on November 13 debated the draft of the revised Law on Preventing and Combating Narcotic Drugs during the ongoing 10th sitting of the 14th National Assembly.

The bill includes eight chapters and 69 articles, 15 of which are new to the 2000 and 2008 versions. The amendments cover issues concerning prevention and combat of drug crimes, control of licit activities related to narcotic drugs, supervision of illegal drug addicts, and drug detoxification.

Regarding drug detoxification, the bill provides details on the State and State budget financing the establishment of public centers for drug detoxification and the provision of compulsory detoxification services. It also stipulates the provision of partial funding to those who join voluntary drug detoxification programs.

The amended law encourages drug addicts to participate in voluntary detoxification programs and to receive treatment of narcotic drug addiction using medication alternatives. It also encourage the establishment of private drug detoxification centers by offering owners a number of incentives.

It repeals post-detoxification supervision measures to be in line with human rights-related provisions of the Constitution. These measures will be replaced with the provision on post-detoxification social assistance which prevents drug relapse.

By Hoang Ha

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