The state government claims to have provided treatment to 3.5 lakh drug addicts over the past two years.
This was revealed at a press conference jointly addressed by Dr KK Talwar, advisor to the state government, and Dr Ajit Awasthi, professor department of psychiatry, at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Sunday.
Besides treating the 3.5 lakh out-door patients (OPDs), the state had treated ver 11,000 as indoor patients till December 15.
Dr Talwar said on the basis of expert advice, in the past two years, 27 Drug de-addiction centers (DDCs) had been operationalised in the state. To provide tertiary-level facilities, five Model DDCs (50-bed each) are being set up at Jalandhar, Patiala, & Bathinda to work under Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot Medical Colleges, respectively. Model DDCs of 50 beds each were functional at Amritsar and Faridkot.
He said that continuing its efforts beyond de-addiction to rehabilitation, the state government had approved 21 counseling & rehabilitation centres of 50 beds each except the centre at Amritsar, of 100 beds.
Apart from that the focus also remained on manpower with about 108 male staff nurses and 82 ward attendants being deployed in de-addiction centres.
He added de-addiction centres had been set up in each of the 8 Model Central Jails at Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala, Ludhiana, Patiala, Bathinda, Faridkot and Ferozepur. Till now, 22,669 patients had been treated; 461 patients were under detoxification and 718 patients were in rehabilitation wards.