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AIDS infection rate among drug users declines due to methadone in SW China

11-30-2011 15:36 BJT Special Report:World AIDS Day 2011 |

Doctors prepare methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) for
users at a clinic in Ruili, southwest China's Yunnan
Province, Nov. 18, 2011. Ruili City is located on the border
between China and Myanmar, imperiled by the "Golden
Triangle", an area where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand
and Laos meet that is notorious for drug smuggling and
spread of AIDS. Since the Chinese government legalized the
medical usage of methadone in 2004, the HIV/AIDS infection
rate among drug users undergoing MMT has seen a sharp decline.
The methadone clinic in Ruili opened in June 2005,
providing MMT for some 300 drug users per day. Methadone,
a synthesized narcotic that is less addictive than morphine
or heroin, is widely used internationally as a way to help
addicts break their addiction. Such clinics are ubiquitous
in the southwestern border provinces such as Yunnan and
Guangxi, where transnational drug trafficking is common.
(Xinhua/Lin Yiguang)

Doctors record the methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) at a clinic in Ruili,
southwest China's Yunnan Province, Nov. 18, 2011. Ruili City is located on the
border between China and Myanmar, imperiled by the "Golden Triangle", an area where
the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet that is notorious for drug smuggling
and spread of AIDS. Since the Chinese government legalized the medical usage of
methadone in 2004, the HIV/AIDS infection rate among drug users undergoing MMT has
seen a sharp decline. The methadone clinic in Ruili opened in June 2005, providing
MMT for some 300 drug users per day. Methadone, a synthesized narcotic that is less
addictive than morphine or heroin, is widely used internationally as a way to help
addicts break their addiction. Such clinics are ubiquitous in the southwestern
border provinces such as Yunnan and Guangxi, where transnational drug trafficking
is common. (Xinhua/Lin Yiguang)

People who is under medical care wait for taking methadone maintenance treatment
(MMT) at a clinic in Ruili, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Nov. 18, 2011. Ruili
City is located on the border between China and Myanmar, imperiled by the "Golden
Triangle", an area where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet that is
notorious for drug smuggling and spread of AIDS. Since the Chinese government
legalized the medical usage of methadone in 2004, the HIV/AIDS infection rate among
drug users undergoing MMT has seen a sharp decline. The methadone clinic in Ruili
opened in June 2005, providing MMT for some 300 drug users per day. Methadone, a
synthesized narcotic that is less addictive than morphine or heroin, is widely used
internationally as a way to help addicts break their addiction. Such clinics are
ubiquitous in the southwestern border provinces such as Yunnan and Guangxi, where
transnational drug trafficking is common. (Xinhua/Lin Yiguang)

 

 

 


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