Facilities needed for 400,000 addicts in Japan


In October 2013, according to a survey conducted by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, 400,000 people used harmful substances in Japan.  In the 2013 fiscal year, 41% of total visitors at the Saitama Prefectural Mental Health Center were addicts of these drugs.

The country does not have enough treatment programs for drug addictions. According to the health ministry, they are only provided in 25 hospitals and 13 administrative entities across the nation.  In fact, 24 prefectures lack any facility providing such a program.

With a sharp increase in the number of addicts of dangerous drugs, the Japanese ministry has worked harder to set up treatment centers.  The ministry plans to increase the number of treatment centers for addicts to 69 by the end of the next fiscal year and aims to deepen cooperation between these facilities and other related entities, such as local psychiatric hospitals and groups encouraging self-reliance.

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