Around 98 percent of drug addicts in central Nghe An province who took methadone are in stable mental and physical conditions.

For the past six months, the provincial centre for HIV/AIDS prevention and control has provided the medicine to 178 drug addicts.

Many of them now have stable jobs and can take care of themselves, said the provincial Department of labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

The province plans to open seven methadone treatment clinics that are capable of treating 1.700 drug addicts by 2015.-VNA