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King Mohammed VI Plans Construction of Addiction Center in Benslimane

By Intissar Faouzi

RabatIn Benslimane Province, King Mohammed VI initiated, on Sunday,  the construction of an addictology center. The project is a demonstration of the monarchy’s concern for young people and its determination to protect them from harm.

The new center funded by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, is the first of its kind in the province of Benslimane. It will constitute an integral part of the national program against addiction that was implemented by the foundation in 2010, accordingly with the King’s instructions. The program is executed in partnership with the Ministries of Health and the Interior.

This national program aims to prevent young people from using psychoactive substances, to improve the quality of care for addicts, especially drug users, and to encourage the involvement of civil society and social sectors in tackling addiction.

This program will also help families of beneficiaries to deal effectively with the negative consequences of addictive behavior.

Following in the footsteps of similar foundations in Casablanca (in the Ibn Rochd University Hospital and the Sidi Moumen neighborhood), Rabat, Oujda, Nador, Marrakech, Tetouan, Tangier, Fez and Agadir, or those proceeding in Meknes, Tangier (Mghogha region) and in Marrakech (El Mellah neighborhood), the center tends to raise awareness and prevents the use of narcotics.

The center also provides medical and social care for people suffering from addictive behavior, and attempts to involve families in prevention treatment.

Additionally, the center aims to reintegrate its patients into society following treatment. It additionally provides training for associations in the field to reduce the risk of addiction, by educating young drug abusers and youth at risk of addiction.

The future center will be built on a 3,000 square meter plot within 12 months. The new space will include a space for communal activities, an art room, as well as sports field and an office for associations. It will also include a variety of treatment rooms and a pharmacy.

The project aims to provide care, awareness, diagnosis, prevention, and psychosocial support. As such, the medical center will provide consultations in general medicine, addiction, psychiatry, and collective psychotherapy.

MAD five million have been invested in the center.

The project, supported by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity in the Casablanca-Settat Region, aims to support and preserve vulnerable populations.

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