At the conference (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A conference was held in Hanoi on April 16 to discuss a model to provide psychological support and consultations for drug addicts before the court gives decisions on compulsory detoxification methods to them.

Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha said that detoxification and rehabilitation for drug addicts have been implemented synchronously across the country, while legal documents for the work have been completed.

Many modern models in the world have also been applied in Vietnam, she added.

She noted that as of 2017, Vietnam had over 220,000 drug addicts from walks of life and at different ages, including 100,000 receiving treatment.

However, the number of synthetic drug addicts has continued rising requiring new and more effective treatment methods, she stressed.

Ha suggested that participants discuss possible difficulties and advantages as the model is piloted in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Vu Huy Hoang from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SANHSA) held that the model can help improve treatment service quality for drug addicts, while helping controll HIV/AIDS by connecting drug addicts to healthcare services as well as ARV treatment.

The model aims to strengthen coordination among justice, healthcare, social agencies as well as the community in assisting drug addicts in accessing and strictly following healthcare, social and judicial services in the community, thus reducing the relapse risks.-VNA