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Bijie City: A Beacon of Hope

(People's Daily Online)

15:24, January 04, 2013

Bijie City is located in the Wumeng Mountain area at the interchange of the three provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan, and Guizhou, connecting multiple counties and cities in Sichuan and Yunnan. Yunnan is known as the first line of defense in China for preventing the invasion of drugs from the “Golden Triangle”, while Guizhou forms the second line of defense. Due to its geographical position, Bijie City becomes the forefront of Guizhou in preventing drugs. But at the same time, it is also an important channel for the flow of drugs from the "Golden Triangle" into China, and the hardest stricken place by drug-related crimes.

Therefore, it is imperative for Bijie City to carry out anti-drug struggles. Besides exploring better approaches to eliminate drug smuggling from the source, it is also utterly important to find ways to lead the wayward addicts to integrate into the society and return to a normal life. The innovative practice of the “Sunshine Project” in Guizhou Province is like a beacon in the night sky which lightens the heart of the drug users in every corner and becomes a beacon of hope for them to stand up again, regain confidence for life, and return to the society.

The “1+1” and “1+3+X” Family-Affection Mode

The drug addicts are a special social group, who are offenders of law as well as victims. They have to receive penalties in the presence of the justice of law, but at the same time, the entire society should take necessary educational and rescuing measures on them based on a tolerant attitude. The establishment of a platform for them to return to the society and integrate into the normal life has become a common issue faced by the whole country even the whole world.

The innovative practice of Bijie City on the matter of job placement under the “Sunshine Project” gives a good response to this problem.

"Bijie City constantly innovates in the ways of working during the construction of the 'Sunshine Project' and features a high starting point and large-scale. It ranks top in the whole Guizhou Province and even the whole China in terms of investment, infrastructure construction, and the number of rehabilitation patients placed. The unique Bijie Family-Affection Mode is the key for our outstanding achievements in the community-based anti-drug tasks,” said Zhang Jiyong, Secretary of Bijie Municipal Committee, and Director of Bijie Municipal Narcotics Control Commission when receiving an interview.

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