A Ho Chi Minh City official has warned against the big number of drug addicts who are not brought to rehab centers in the city.
Tran Ngoc Du of the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs said in a meeting on Friday the city currently has 11,953 drug addicts, but only 814 of them have sent to rehab centers or used treatment methods at home.
He blamed complicated paperwork required when drug addicts register for rehab for the situation.
Huynh Thanh Khiet, deputy chief of the labor department, said it had repeatedly asked higher authorities to simplify administrative procedures but not much had been done.
Nguyen Thi Thu, vice chairwoman of the HCMC People’s Committee, admitted that the large number of untreated drug addicts in the city had caused public anxiety. She said the city government wanted to send all drug addicts to rehab centers to have better health and to ensure public order, but red tape is making the job difficult.
She ordered relevant agencies to continue to ask higher authorities to adjust laws and regulations related to rehabilitation.