On April 28, the United Nations announced that Vietnam has launched a methadone drug substitution program to help injection drug users in the country fight addiction and reduce the spread of HIV, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports (afp.google.com, 4/30).

Vietnam has launched two new methadone clinics in Haiphong, a northern port city. The clinics will treat 700 users from now until December.

According to the AFP, there are approximately 300,000 people living with HIV in Vietnam.