Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Scheme to give addicts alternative treatment

Scheme to give addicts alternative treatment

CAMBODIA’S drug bureau has green-lighted a methadone treatment programme for injection drug users.
The National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) on Tuesday signed off in principle on what would be the country’s first methadone programme, NACD Secretary General Moek Dara confirmed Wednesday.

“I hope a significant number of people will be able to stabilise their lives and actually start to become full members of society again,” said Graham Shaw, a technical officer with the World Health Organisation in Cambodia, adding that he expects the programme to launch in December.

However, he warned that it could fail without proper support services such as housing, counselling and training. “We are concerned there’s not enough of that in place at the moment,” Shaw said.

However, local harm-reduction advocacy group Korsang said Wednesday that it will provide some housing and support for participants.

Methadone is a synthetic drug used in replacement therapy for drug users addicted to opiates such as heroin.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Explore the durian and rubber farms of Kampong Cham

Take a drive north of Kampong Cham, past the dirt roads and the dense greenery.

Kem Sokha talks politics, power and Hun Sen

Kem Sokha, leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, sat down with The Post’s Alex Willemyns and Mech Dara to discuss his supporters’ initial disappointment with this year’s

NEC officials tally votes during a recount last week in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia’s National Election Committee last week rejected 33 of 61 complaints filed over the conduct of June 4’s commune election, according to a s

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking