Drug addicts escape rehabilitation centre in Haiphong

Over 400 drug addicts escaped from a rehabilitation centre in Haiphong over the weekend, according to local authorities. Nguyen Huy Hoang, an official from Thuy Nguyen district, reported that inmates broke down a door and threatened the centre’s guards before fleeing the property. A two-year rehabilitation stint is compulsory for Vietnam’s estimated 140,000 drug addicts, who are often forced into the program by family and local authorities, however the country’s rehabilitation centres seldom provide adequate healthcare and other basic necessities. As such, a UN expert has recommended the closure of these rehabilitation centres.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/09/drug-addicts-stage-mass-breakout-vietnam-201491561531104799.html

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