Laos plans to treat and rehabilitate all the remainder of its opium addicts within the next three years, with help and funding from UNODC. Laos now has about 12,000 opium addicts, down from over 62,000 when its efforts to eradicate opium cultivation started 15 years ago.
For this project, the Lao government
aims to rehabilitate about 3,300 opium addicts this year with more than 378 million Kips in funding from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, along with about 3,300 sets of drug tablets to treat the addicts from 9 provinces.
Listen to our Laos Today report for more details.