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2019.08.13 17:30

Help centers for drug addicts to open across Lithuania with EU funding

BNS2019.08.13 17:30

Eleven Lithuanian municipalities will open mobile or stationary centers to help drug addicts, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. 

The centers will offer voluntary testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C, and will provide sterile syringes needles and bandages, as well as comprehensive counselling.

The project will operate in Ukmergė, Švenčionys, Visaginas, the city and district of Vilnius, Kedainiai, Alytus, Kaunas, Mažeikiai, Klaipėda, and Šiauliai.

A total of 1.4 million euros has been allocated for the three-year program for the so-called low-threshold services for drug addicts, marking the first time that EU funding will be used in Lithuania for such projects.

Deputy Health Minister Lina Jaruševičienė says the program is aimed, among other things, at preventing drug-related infectious diseases and encouraging drug users to seek treatment.

As part of the project, people with drug addiction will also be encouraged to give up drug-use and to join rehabilitation, resocialization, and methadone programs.