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Just 1,300 people are still using methadone in drug rehabilitation treatment out of a total of more than 3000 registered patients.

Just 1,300 people are still using methadone in drug rehabilitation treatment out of a total of more than 3000 registered patients.– Photo tuoitre.vn

 

By the end of May, in the northern province of Sơn La, two thirds of those receiving treatment had stopped using methadone to treat morphine addiction, with the exception of 43 dead patients, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

“The Sơn La Department of Health has already established a technical assistance team to distribute methadone to the communes’ centres. However, the distance from the villages to the centres is quite far, and as such many patients have simply given up,” said Nguyễn Thị Kim An, Vice Director of the Sơn La Department of Health.

The main reason for this could be because the mountainous terrain makes patients unwilling to travel to the healthcare centres.

In Sơn La Province, 13 rehab stations are equipped to treat morphine addiction, 12 of which are located in wards, and one in Sơn La City.

As many as 51 communes’ clinics are allowed to treat by addiction with methadone. Many patients proposed that methadone be distributed to their doorsteps instead.

 

Source: VNS

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