Three more Methadone treatment centers open in HCM City

Friday 04/10/2019 16:11

VGP – Ho Chi Minh City will open three Methadone treatment centers in the districts of Hoc Mon and Cu Chi, raising the total number of Methadone treatment centers in the city to 26. 

According to the city’s Department of Health, in the middle of 2019, as many as 5,300 patients were treated Methadone treatment, reaching 66.7% of the criteria set by the Government. 

The proportion of drug addicts sharing syringes decreased from 21% to 5%. 

Currently, around 70% of drug addicts use synthetic drug while 30% use Opiates.

Methadone therapy, implemented by the Ministry of Health, reaped positive results after 10 years and received praise from the international community.

Recent reports have demonstrated positive treatment outcomes. Incidence of HIV was found remarkably low among patients on Methadone treatment. 

Treatment has significantly improved the quality of life as well as social stability. The government has allowed the Ministry of Health to expand Methadone treatment to at least 30 provinces, thus providing treatment for more than 80,000 drug users by 2015.

By Thuy Dung 

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