Over 100,000 drug addicts given treatment at public hospitals, drug rehabilitation centers in Myanmar

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More than 100,000 drug addicts, mostly heroin abusers, received treatment at public hospitals and drug rehabilitation centres across Myanmar, according to sources from the Ministry of Health and Sports.

“According to figures of those registered patients from 1974 to 2017, there were 60,716 heroin abusers, 40,399 opium abusers, 3,205 stimulant tablet abusers, 306 anti-depressant abusers, 752 marijuana abusers and 5,462 abusers of other drugs. In 2018 alone, there were 10,849 old and new patients,” said a ministry official.

A survey from UNODC in 2018 shows that there were 41,000 hectares of poppy plantations in Shan and Kachin states in 2017 and they reduced to 36,100 hectares in 2018.

There were 37,300 hectares of poppy plantations across the country last year and the amount was significantly reduced compared to 2017. The

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