Drug addiction on the rise in HCMC

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Ho Chi Minh City admitted 3,424 drug addicts into rehabilitation programs during the 14-month period ending March 15, an increase of 18.4 percent year-on-year, police said Monday.

Deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Police Department Colonel Phan Anh Minh, said around 2,400 former addicts had relapsed into drug use after being discharged from rehabilitation center so far. The figure makes for a 20 percent loss rate.

But on the other hand, more than 7,000 others had found jobs, according to figures from the city's Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.

The city also provided business loans worth VND9.8 billion (US$513,000) to 1,692 recovered addicts, authorities said.

Minh said drugs were brought into the city mainly from the northern region and some Mekong Delta provinces that border Cambodia.

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