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Guizhou Sunshine Project, the Road of Innovation (3)

(People's Daily Online)

19:45, December 27, 2012

Duyun City is the political, economic, and cultural center in southern Guizhou, and the earliest place in the province to have built highways and railways. As the golden path for the provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan, and Chongqing to lead to Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan, Hubei, and east China, Duyun city benefits from the development of the local economy but at the same time becomes the corridor and main channel for smuggling and drug trafficking because of the convenient transportation.

In May 2005, Duyun City was listed among the 17 counties / cities with more than one thousand addicts and became subject to focused remediation in Guizhou Province. To remove this “title”, Duyun City exerted a great deal of efforts and finally created a humane, sustainable path for drug prohibition tasks through constant exploration and summarization. On April 28, 2006, the “Love Baseball Factory” was established in Duyun City. This is a small factory founded by introduction of capital from Taiwan under the guidance of the local government, as well as China’s first place for helping addicts receiving methadone treatment to stay away from drugs and create labor value. More than 50 drug addicts deeply poisoned by heroin are receiving methadone maintenance therapy here and support their own lives by working in the baseball factory. The factory has a very strict rewards and punishment system, and the workers earn 0.6 yuan for processing each baseball. Under the guidance of the government, with the “Love Product Factory” (formerly known as the “Love Baseball Factory”) as the starting point, assisted by medical treatment methods, integrating social resources, this practice concerts the efforts to continuously help drug addicts to consolidate after getting rid of the drugs and improve the abstinence rate by centralized resettlement and employment of drug rehabilitation people. Soon the practice got the recognition and attention of the Guizhou Provincial Drug Control Commission and became the prototype of the "Sunshine Project" in Guizhou Province.

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