The Skoun Lebanese Addictions Center has been involved in drug abuse rehabilitation since 2003
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Residents of Lebanon seeking help with their drug problems will find no treatment options in Tripoli, and only one complete center between the southern cities of Sidon and Tyre, a 30-month study released Thursday found. Much like Lebanon's administration and economy, drug treatment is centralized in the capital Beirut, in addition to nearby Kesrouan.The project revealed a dearth of drug treatment and prevention options for the vast majority of Lebanese people residing outside of the capital, and an even greater shortage for women and LGBTQ groups.This lack of treatment options contrasts with the thousands of arrests and hundreds of imprisonments made for drug crimes each year.The ISF is "keen" on referring users to treatment, he said, an option Skoun advocacy coordinator Sandy Mteirik said was in accordance with Lebanese law.Government funding for drug treatment remains meager. Chammay said the Health Ministry had only 22 beds available for drug treatment across Lebanon.
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