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200 drug users escape from rehab centre in Vietnam amid harsh treatment

Most addicts are given cold-turkey treatment in overcrowded centers or are subjected to solitary confinement for breaking rules.


Devdiscourse News Desk 11 Aug 2018, 08:18 PM Vietnam
  • Since then several breakouts have occurred in recent years. Police have already captured half of them and looking for a hundred more still on the run. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Around 200 drug users ran away from a rehabilitation center in Vietnam on Saturday.

According to police, it is the latest breakout attempt from the country’s controversial treatment facilities.

Some addicts were kept in rehab for the last two years by court’s decision, while others were admitted by family or checked themselves in.

Most addicts are given cold-turkey treatment in overcrowded centers or are subjected to solitary confinement for breaking rules.

Since then several breakouts have occurred in recent years. Police have already captured half of them and looking for a hundred more still on the run.

A disagreement with staff escalated into an assault with patients breaking the door with knives and bricks.

"They passed my area holding canes and shouted like protesters. When we saw them, me and people around were scared and worried," local resident Le Hai Trieu said. 

There are more than 220000 registered drug addicts in Vietnam, according to official statistics released last year. The addicts are mainly victims of popular narcotics like heroin and methamphetamine.

 


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