HN broadens methadone treatment for drug addicts

03/18/2016 4:46 PM

VGP – The local authorities of Ha Noi will spend VND 36 billion (US$1.61 million) to expand methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) availability among heroin addicts in the city, said Le Nhan Tuan, Director of the municipal Centre for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control.


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Some 3,729 addicts received MMT treatment by the end of 2015, meeting just 43 % of the set plan.

As of the end of 2015, the city had 17 methadone treatment clinics, but there were no specialised staff at those facilities. The city will ensure 12 staff for each facility within this year.

In addition to ensuring sufficient methadone and equipment, the city have provided the clinics with trainings, and disseminated information on the efficiency of methadone treatment, in a bid to get the community and addicts’ families involve in the treatment./.

By Khanh Phuong