Phnom Penh (FN), August 9 – Cambodia will begin construction of voluntary and community-based drug treatment complex in Sihanoukville on Thursday, according to General Ke Kim Yan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD).

“The NACD has worked on the rehabilitation project since 2007 and decided to begin our construction tomorrow,” said Ke Kim Yan.

“Vietnam will provide $3 million in aid and send experts to participate in the drug campaign and to help rehabilitate drug victims,” he added.

The center will cost approximately $6 million, which includes administration buildings, a hospital, housing, and a drug detox building. It will be located in Keo Phos Commune, Steung Hav District, Preah Sihanouk Province, according to Kao Khun Dara, deputy director of the National Authority for Combating Drugs and Chairman of the Commission for Building Drug Addiction and Community Care Centers.

The new drug report illustrates that there are approximately 12,000 drug abusers in the region.