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Henan using polygraph for drug rehab

By Qu Changrong, Zhou qinghua (People's Daily)

14:27, November 22, 2011

Edited and translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online

From now on, drug addicts in Zhengzhou City of Henan province must pass a lie-detector test before they finish forced drug rehabilitation and return to society.

This new technical measure was mandated by the People's Procuratorate of Zhengzhou Municipality. A total of 337 drug addicts under detoxification have taken part in the lie-detector test. A total of 32 failed to pass and needed to continue their forced drug rehabilitation.

In order to avoid the drug re-addiction, the People's Procuratorate of Zhengzhou Municipality established a supervision system for forced drug rehabilitation. They staffed the inspection room of the compulsory detoxification center with professionals in the fields of psychological testing and forensic medicine.

The questions in the lie-detector test are designed from ten aspects, including interpersonal communication, depression, anxiety and hostility. After the urine test, the doctor will ask the drug addicts whether they are willing to take the drug again while showing them a packet of drug. If they have mood swings or pulse and blood pressure variations, they will be taken to the lie-detector test.

Zhu Zhuanxing, deputy procurator of the People's Procuratorate of Zhengzhou Municipality, said the drug addicts have a strong dependence on drugs. The lie-detector test can insure the impartiality of the diagnosis and evaluation. The two-year exploration discovers this new measure can substantially decrease the repeated addiction rate.

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