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West Bengal government, police set up de-addiction centers in jails

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The West Bengal government and police have set up detoxification centers at two state correctional facilities to help inmates suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. The measure was launched to help prisoners have a better chance of recovery and a normal life after being released from prison.

This is the first time the government has opened two fully functional addiction treatment centers within a correctional institution. The police on Friday opened two de-addiction centers at the city’s two main jails – Presidential Correctional Institution and Baruipur Correctional Institution.

Prisons and Correctional Institutions Minister Akhil Giri said they are ready to open more such facilities across the state. Mr Giri said: “We have already set up two such de-addiction facilities in Bangladesh. We will launch three more in Dum Dum, Jalpaiguri and Baharampur.

Mr Geary also said: “We are working with the Missionaries of Charity on this. We have our own medical officers and mental health counselors to help with the process. We assess each prisoner and consult with a doctor and provide addiction treatment prisoners receive appropriate treatment.

According to reports, nearly 9% of inmates in these correctional facilities are drug addicts. Administrators believe that proper treatment at these drug rehab centers will help inmates reintegrate into normal life more quickly.



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