Military facilities to host drug rehab units

Health Minister Andreas Loverdos and Defense Minister Panos Beglitis on Wednesday announced the involvement of two military facilities in Athens in a program aimed at rehabilitating thousands of drug addicts.

New units, replacing existing branches of the Organization Against Drugs (OKANA), will be set up at the military hospital in Penteli, northern Athens, and at the army barracks in Goudi, northeastern Athens, to provide methadone to registered addicts.

A similar unit will be set up at a military hospital in Thessaloniki.

The aim is for most of the 7,000 people on OKANA?s waiting list to have joined the program by December. Meanwhile, conscripts addicted to drugs will have their terms reduced by three months to six months from nine if they join the program.