117 truck, bus drivers test positive for heroin in Vietnam metro

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Buses in Ho Chi Minh City, where 117 drivers with local transport businesses were found using heroin. Photo: Xuan Bui

 
Three hundred Ho Chi Minh City  bus and truck drivers failed health screenings mandated by the Ministry of Transportation; the failures included 117 drivers who tested positive for heroin use, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported Wednesday.
The ministry called for the examination of 35,358 drivers employed by 589 businesses across the city in an effort to crack down on drug use among drivers.
In its recent report to the ministry, the city's transportation department said it has asked local trucking and transportation firms not to hire the disqualified drivers.
The department will collaborate with city health and police officials to conduct surprise drug screenings at local businesses.
It has also asked the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Health to add drug screenings to the compulsory health checks for truck and bus drivers.
The tests were conducted as part of a nationwide crackdowns on drug use among long-distance truck and bus drivers, following persistent media reports.
The northern city of Hai Phong, the first to take action, sacked hundreds of disqualified drivers in February.

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