CAIRO: Twelve drug addiction treatment centers in Cairo have been closed due to “violations,” Saber Ghoneim, director of the free treatment department at the Ministry of Health, told Youm7 Monday.
He added that the managers of the said centers are not licensed doctors, but are addiction survivors who claim to help addicts recover with “unrecognized means.” The centers are located in Mokatam and Hadayek al-Ahram.
The closure comes after a young man died of an overdose given to him by his father. The parent had sent him to one of the now-closed centers, which charged him a large amount of money, Youm7 reported.
Ghonem told Youm7 that the ministry is launching intensive inspection campaigns on clinics and addiction centers searching for the violators to transfer them to the public prosecution.
In a similar incident, on June 2, Mokatam Misdemeanor Court sentenced a psychiatrist at an addiction treatment center to a week in prison and fined him 500 EGP ($65.13.)
Investigations found out that the center is not licensed and is being operated by recovered addicts.