On Friday, the National Assembly commented that the decision about addict management, vocational training and jobs not only expresses the humanitarian policies of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Vietnamese State but also has remarkable economic and social results.
Youth volunteers teach rehabilitated addicts in a retoxification center in Ho Chi Minh City.
Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hong Ha from Ha Noi said that the decision will have a positive and long-term impact on society, in particular with reference to the integration of former drug addicts into the community.
The decision on the management and vocational training for former addicts is an advantageous policy as addicts need to be confident when returning to the community and will be able to build confidence when they have employment and opportunities creates by skill training, said Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hong Ha.
Protesting against an argument about the strategy being a waste of money, Deputy Huynh Thanh Lap of Ho Chi Minh City said that the pilot project carried out in the city gets full support from the people, and encourages participation of the whole community.
“The budget for the pilot project was used effectively. One third was spent for building the infrastructure that can be used in the long term to help addicts and other social welfare projects, hence the project is not wasteful”, reaffirmed Mr. Lap.
Ho Chi Minh City has faced the risk of social instability because of the increase in drug use and drug addicts. However, the pilot project on addict management, vocational training and jobs has helped change the city’s face.
During the five years the project has been in operation, the number of addicts who take part has increased from 7,000 in 2003, to 9,000 in 2004, 15,000 in 2005, 23,000 in 2006 and over 30,000 in 2007.
In the last five years, the number of crimes committed by addicts has dropped from 16,000 in 1999 to 9,000 in 2006 and 2007. The percentage of addicts who are infected with HIV has fallen from 82 percent in 2001 to 42 percent in 2006.
The Deputy from Ha Tinh, Nguyen Thi Van said that the decision should be turned into the law for raising awareness and social unity about the policy with the aim of getting more support from the community.