The fight against drugs is a hard and long-term task which requires the involvement of the entire community, an official from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has said.

At a meeting in Hanoi on June 24 in response to the World Drug Day (June 26), Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Dam said that despite the Party and State’s efforts, the combat has yet to yield satisfactory results.

The drug problem in the country has seen complicated developments with the increasing number of addicts who now number 182,790, he said, adding that most of them are young people.

According to the deputy minister, with the theme “Drug use disorders are preventable and treatable”, the 2014 World Drug Day calls for the participation of people from all social strata in the combat.

Le Trung Tuan, Director of a Hanoi-based drug research and mental support centre, who used to be a drug user for six years, said drug use disorders are treatable if users believe in the future.-VNA