HCMC petitions to establish center for compulsory treatment

Representatives from People’s Committee in HCMC petitioned at a meeting yesterday that while waiting for the issuance of the new drug-related regulations, HCMC asked for the permission to establish a center for compulsory treatment of drug dependence.

Though the drug detoxification and management have achieved good results, there have been difficulties in detoxification and post-drug detoxification management, said leaders of many sectors at a meeting presided by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, drug addicts have been found in all provinces and cities across the country; Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and the northern province of Son La reported to take the highest number of drug addicts and HIV/AIDS infected people.

Basing on the proposal of HCMC, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ordered related agencies to set up a center for compulsory treatment of drug dependence and the suspension of regulations to impose administrative fines on drug addicts.

PM asked ministries and agencies to continue implementing Government guidelines on drug detoxification and post-drug detoxification management. He asked related agencies to fix shortcomings remained in drug detoxification and post-drug detoxification management, including incomplete legal documents, lack of finance and lack of co-operation between relevant ministries, agencies and localities; saying that local authorities should improve communications and education on drug prevention and persuade addicts to enter centers for voluntary detoxification.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, representatives from the National Assembly’s Committee on Law and the National Assembly’s Committee on Social Affairs; related ministries, agencies and People’s Committee in HCMC and Hanoi attended the meeting.

By Phan Thao - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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