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Drug treatment clinic at the north Goa district hospital in Mapusa

Goa : The drug treatment clinic (DTC) set up in 2018 at the North Goa district hospital in Mapusa has been trying its level best to help addicts restart a new life, but three months ago, it was compelled to throw few of those reforming themselves from its premises as the staff found that they had enrolled just to scout for clients.Three abusers were caught-red handed selling drugs in the hospital premises. Their names were knocked off from the roll with a warning that they should not step into the hospital.“I apprehended two of them rolling joints behind the hospital mortuary. They were told to stop the abuse or else entry would be denied to them,” Dr Ravindra Patil, medical officer attached to the centre said. The hospital security was directed to keep a watch.

He said the only reason they were not handed over to the police was that they wanted to see if any of them still wants to continue with the treatment and give up drugs. “It would not have helped in their treatment. So, we thought they ought to be given one more chance of redemption,” he said. The names of those who showed neither remorse nor inclination to continue the treatment seriously were taken off the list.Whenever any new person is enrolled for treatment, he/she has to sign on dotted lines including that they will not indulge in groupism at the clinic. The person will have to keep away from other patients who may be waiting in queue to see the doctor or for one’s regular dose of Methadone.

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