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China is accused of “warehousing” and denying treatment to its illicit drug users

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c101 (Published 07 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c101
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

    The compulsory incarceration of drug users in China deprives detainees of treatment for their addiction and other diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV, and exposes them to forced labour and physical abuse, says a report by human rights campaigners.

    Holding drug users in drug detention centres also exacerbates the transmission of HIV among injection drug users and into the wider community, say international organisations.

    The report by New York based Human Rights Watch is based on interviews with drug users and staff from local and international non-government organisations in Yunnan and Guangxi provinces in China’s southwest—two provinces with the highest prevalence for illicit drug use in China.

    Joe Amon, the health and human rights …

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