Drug addicted people at a rehabilitation centre in Hanoi (Photo: hanoi.gov.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Compulsory drug detoxification facilities will be gradually closed, to be replaced by voluntary treatment under a plan freshly approved by the Prime Minister.

According to the plan, the number of compulsory detox centres will be reduced to 71 as of 2020 with a total capacity of 20,000 patients. Meanwhile, 52 facilities will be converted to offer voluntary detox treatment.

At least 30 more detox centres will be set up using private funding, with the aim of raising the combined treatment capacity of all detox centres to 200,000, or 80 percent of the drug addicts on record.

The plan also sets the goal of providing 100 percent of staff at detox centres with professional training.

In the long term, the plan hopes to reduce by half the capacity of compulsory detox centre by 2030.-VNA