Drug patients return after fleeing rehab

HAI PHONG (VNS) — Nearly 30 of the more than 300 voluntary drug patients who fled from a voluntary rehabilitation centre in Hai Phong on Sunday have returned.

The northern port city's People's Committee said when the addicts left the centre in Thuy Nguyen District, police took steps to ensure there was no social disorder.

They urged agencies, sectors and families of the patients to encourage them to return.

Director of the centre Nguyen Quang Toan said patients were voluntary and were free to come and go. This was why the centre has no fence, he said.

He added that the patients disappeared following a recent decision to increase the detoxification period from two to four years.

He said the centre had left its doors gate open to welcome the addicts back.

Parents of some addicts said they would take the addicts back to the centre in the next few days, Toan said.

The centre was established in 1996 and is providing treatment for more than 900 drug addicts.


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