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BEIJING, Oct. 1 -- Judicial authorities have set up 59 provincial-level rehabilitation centers and treated more than 35,000 drug users in these centers through the country's efforts to curb drug-related crimes and maintain social stability.

The centers receive substance abusers who enter voluntarily or are forced into treatment, said Chen Xunqiu, vice minister of justice.

The centers are exploring ways to help drug addicts break their habits, recover from psychological or mental problems and better integrate themselves back into society, Chen added.

In addition to treating addiction, the centers offer psychological consultation and vocational training to patients, according to the ministry.

Altogether, these centers have about 7,000 beds, 202 doctors and 141 psychologists, with about 5,000 substance abuse patients currently receiving treatment.

The number of registered drug users in China neared 1.4 million as of the end of 2010, according to figures from the Ministry of Public Security.

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