A new drug treatment centre, catering for live-in and outpatients, will be completed by the end of next year in Tuen Mun. The centre, operated by the Hong Kong Christian Service, has 20 beds for male drug abusers and is expected to admit as many as 100 patients a year. The site at San Ping Circuit, Tuen Mun, which was previously occupied by St Simon School, has been leased to the Hong Kong Christian Service since July. Its outpatient service will be able to treat up to eight male and female patients a day. Commissioner for Narcotics, Clarie Lo Ku Ka-lee, said: 'A distinct feature of the treatment programme is its emphasis on psychiatric and psychological counselling services.' The centre is one of two additional drug treatment centres for young addicts, which the Government pledged to set up in 1995. The first centre, Wong Yiu Nam Centre, run by Caritas Hong Kong, was opened in March 1999, providing 20 bed spaces for male drug abusers under 25. About $17 million from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust was granted to the group last year for setting up the centre, in addition to subsidies from the Department of Health. The centre will organise relapse prevention training, counselling groups and parent support groups for the patients. A hotline inquiry service, community education programme and volunteer services will also be available. Up to last year, there were an estimated 12,174 heroin users and 5,524 psychotropic-drug addicts in Hong Kong.