Chulalongkorn Medical Journal


A Thai law for drug addict rehabilitation has been in force for almost 10 years. In 2000, Thailand and China accounted for over 70% of global MA seizures and over 100,000 individuals received treatment for MA dependency treatment each year in Thailand. Reported here is a case of female teenager who had a history of major depressive disorder and, according to the law, was hospitalized for methamphetamine dependency treatment. The patient was engaged in a number of antisocial behaviors before admission, including running away from home, starting fights with friends, lying, and using illegal substance. A physical and mental status examination showed no striking abnormalities. After four months of hospitalization where the patient went through a drug treatment program without any medication she was declared drug-free and released from the hospital. Close outpatient monitoring is mandatory to prevent relapse.



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