Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Drug addiction in Vietnam surges

The number of drug addicts in Vietnam surged 56.8 percent to 158,428 in 2005 from 101,036 in 2000, according to a recent national conference.

Vietnam, which has targeted to become a drug-free country by 2015, annually spends an estimated 320 billion Vietnamese dong (20.1 million U.S. dollars) on detoxification activities.

Source: Chinese news agency Xinhua.

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