(PLO)- Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1 mobilized the whole political system to stop injection drug use in Bui Vien West Quarter.
From the beginning of August, 2022 until now, people in the alleys of the West Bui Vien neighborhood have always seen functional forces patrolling almost 24/24 hours to keep security and handle addicts.
This is the determination of the whole political system of Pham Ngu Lao ward (District 1, Ho Chi Minh City) in transforming the area and wards that have mobilized not only the police, associations, unions… but also propaganda, call on the people to join hands to fight this evil.
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On the night of October 6, the police working group of Pham Ngu Lao ward patrolled the West Bui Vien street as usual. This is a patrol plan under the coordination of many forces in the ward such as street guard, civil defense, Youth Union…
Police of Pham Ngu Lao ward patrol and handle addicts who come to inject drugs
When coming to alley 131 Bui Vien Street, a man was sitting around shaking a syringe to inject drugs when the working group appeared…
At the police headquarters of Pham Ngu Lao ward, this person declared his name Do Van Th (35 years old, living in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City). The ward police verify that in the locality where Th resides, this person’s name is not available, then the functional agency will carry out procedures to send Th to compulsory detoxification as prescribed.
According to the leader of the People’s Committee of Pham Ngu Lao Ward, many alleys in Bui Vien area are complicated places for illegal drug trading and use, and addicts from other localities come to this area to buy and use immediately. in place.
From the beginning of the year to September 2022, District 1 Police, Pham Ngu Lao Ward Police discovered and handled four cases of trafficking, five cases of illegal possession of narcotics; administrative violations of 22 people illegally using narcotics, sending nearly 200 people to detoxification establishments. On September 26 alone, 17 addicts were handled.
“This area has a bus stop and September 23 Park, so addicts can easily find it. In particular, there are cases where addicts, after being arrested, will declare that they are in another area, but they have to go to District 1, West Street to buy drugs to play in order to show … class “- this person said.
Chase this alley, run to another alley
In the West Bui Vien neighborhood, there are many small, interconnected alleys, in which alley 186 is identified as a place where many people come to buy drugs for use.
Therefore, the police of Pham Ngu Lao ward coordinated to be on duty 24/24 hours right in front of alley 186 Bui Vien Street to “cut off” the supply.
When the functional forces tightened patrol in alley 186, they ran to alley 121 to inject drugs, throwing bottles and needles into the alley.
Coordinating forces are on duty to deal with addicts buying and using drugs in the ward. Photo: NT
Therefore, the police of Pham Ngu Lao ward also sent a force to be on duty in this alley. “Since the ward has tightened patrols and handling, the situation of people coming to inject is no longer as blatant as before,” said a resident living in this alley.
Many associations and groups joined in
Talking to us, Mr. Nguyen Hoang Tam, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Pham Ngu Lao ward, said that the work of transforming the area and dealing with addicts encountered many difficulties. However, the ward is determined not to let addicts blatantly inject, so it has mobilized many units and organizations to join hands and the situation of addicts coming to inject has decreased markedly.
“In addition to strengthening patrolling, management and handling of drug addicts who come to injecting areas, the ward also strengthens propaganda for people to join hands,” said Mr. Tam.
Addicted people who go to the alleys of West Bui Vien neighborhood to use drugs are checked by the police
In the near future, the ward will also hang banners propagating the harmful effects of drugs so that people can consciously stay away or report to the authorities when detecting trafficking and injection cases.
“Currently, there are only 20 addicts in the ward who are being treated with methadone and are closely managed and monitored. The people who inject in the alleys are all from other places,” said Mr. Tam.
Mr. Nguyen Quoc Thang, Deputy Secretary of Pham Ngu Lao Ward’s Youth Union, said that he is also the person who directly participates in patrol groups in the alleys of Bui Vien area. “The Youth Union of the ward had a discussion with the ward police branch to appoint and assign each shift to have a union member to participate in order to limit the addiction to drug use” – Mr. Thang said.
District 1 People’s Committee also identified Pham Ngu Lao ward as a complex area that requires transformation, the District People’s Committee has directed the district police and Pham Ngu Lao ward’s People’s Committee to focus on implementing solutions to transform the injection situation. injection in the area.
Deploy the 5+1 . model
Recently, the ward Youth Union and ward police have coordinated with school groups in the area to perform plays, propagate about the harmful effects of drugs, and march on major roads.
In addition, the ward union also organizes seminars for union members, youth and people in the area. Invite people in alley 186 to join in propaganda with the motto “long-lasting rain”.
Pham Ngu Lao ward police cooperate with local mass organizations to organize a 5 + 1 model to help and take care of people who make mistakes, have criminal records, drug records, etc., from finding jobs to supporting people. material for them to integrate into the community.
The 5+1 model means that five organizations, including police, neighborhood leaders, youth unions, and fronts, work together to take care of a person who has made mistakes and difficulties. The unions will take turns to take care of and encourage them to have the motivation to rise up and avoid re-offending. Besides, the unions of the ward also seek and support them to find jobs such as parking, security, etc. at addresses in the area.
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Deputy Secretary of the Youth Union Pham Ngu Lao
The ward team coordinated to propagate the harmful effects of drugs at the roads in the area. Photo: AT
The district strengthens propaganda about the harmful effects of drugs
The district has two plans to implement the 2022 theme “Improve the effectiveness of drug addiction treatment and management of illegal drug users – For a healthy and safe community”.
The District People’s Committee has coordinated with the Fatherland Front Committee and socio-political organizations to propagate about the harmful effects of drugs to members, union members and young people. In the peak month of action (June 26), 57 propaganda banners and slogans were carried out, 22 turns of loudspeakers; coordinate with the health center to provide health counseling for people who treat addiction with methadone.
A leader of the People’s Committee of District 1
The patrol teams coordinated to promote efficiency
The coordinated patrol teams of the police and mass organizations are effective in driving addicts to buy, sell, and inject drugs.
In addition to coordinating on duty 24/24 at the front of alley 186 Bui Vien Street to “cut off” the addictions coming here to buy drugs, police patrol teams also patrol and handle vagrants and addicts appear in the area.
From the beginning of the year until now, the functional forces of Pham Ngu Lao ward have detected 307 drug addicts, sent them to compulsory detoxification in 183 cases, and handled administratively with 91 cases of street people. …
A police officer of Pham Ngu Lao ward