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More drug addicts seek treatment to kick habit

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Users prepare to do drugs in Phnom Penh. KT/Fabien Mouret

The Health Ministry has trained 44 doctors and 48 nurses on drug rehabilitation and counselling during the first six months of this year amid a rise in addicts seeking treatment.

A ministry report on Tuesday noted a big increase in the number of drug addicts seeking treatment at the local health centres and national and provincial hospitals.

It said the number has been steadily increasing, with 1,035 addicts seeking treatment in 2013, 3,101 last year and 3,231 addicts in just the first six months of this year. The report said that most of the addictions stem from methamphetamine abuse.

It also noted that there are currently 8,821 drug addicts being treated at drug rehabilitation centres.

The ministry said that the treatment of drug addicts needed the close cooperation of health centres and hospitals and the National Authority for Combating Drugs.

Ministry spokesman Ly Sovann could not be reached for comment yesterday.

NACD secretary-general General Meas Vyrith said yesterday that he was using the report as a reference for his work in fighting against drugs.

“I am studying the Health Ministry report and we are extracting some figures in it to include in our report on drug abuse,” he said. “The report is about training the health officials on how to rehabilitate drug addicts.”

Gen Vyrith noted that there are two categories of rehabilitation for drug addicts.

“One way of treatment is when addicts are sent for rehabilitation to centres under the control of the Social Affairs Ministry and the other is when addicts voluntarily seek treatment at health centres in their locality,” he said.

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