China Opens 206 Methadone Clinics in Anti-Heroin Campaign
October 23, 2006
On Friday, the official Xinhua News Agency said China has opened 206 methadone clinics in the past four months, bringing the country's total number of such facilities to 307. The openings are part of a campaign to combat heroin addiction and control the spread of HIV among IV drug users, Xinhua said. Though clinic locations were not provided, the news agency said they now cover two-thirds of China's 31 provinces and regions. According to the government's National Narcotics Control Commission, almost 40 percent of Chinese HIV cases can be traced to needle sharing. The number of known addicts in China increased 35 percent from 2000 to 2005 to 1.2 million, government figures show. That number included 700,000 heroin users, of whom two-thirds are under age 35.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.