THE often familiar characteristics of a 'detox' doctor were not there - that cynical, take-it-or-leave-it attitude that says 'show me something I haven't seen'. Instead, Dr Adrian Reynolds was refreshing, keen . . . fired up. As he looked across the concrete compound of a camp that is arguably the most concentrated area for drug abusers in the territory, Dr Reynolds appeared ready for the challenge ahead. Pillar Point Vietnamese Refugee Camp is officially home to about 1,500 people, and of that group, some have not been seen for years and don't want to be found. More worrying is the massive drug problem at the camp. The problem itself is nothing new, but the work of this very recently arrived Australian doctor is. With no experience in refugee work but a lifetime's work in hardcore drug abuse, this easy-going physician has been asked by the United Nations to tackle what others have poked and prodded at for years. With a looming deadline to decide which refugees cannot be resettled, the clock is ticking for Dr Reynolds to clean up borderline resettlement cases who have no hope of a life abroad unless they kick the habit in weeks rather than months. By the end of December, Dr Reynolds will have completed a report mapping the way ahead for a drug detoxification and rehabilitation programme which he hopes will lead to the development of a manual for use internationally. The move, initiated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and funded by the UN Drug Control Programme, is one that Dr Reynolds is adamant requires the assistance of the Hong Kong Government if it is to succeed. He said it would be necessary to establish a facility outside of Pillar Point to isolate drug users during their treatment. 'It is essential that these people be in an environment where they are away from access to drugs and the influences that have possibly driven them to become users in the first place,' he said. 'I have discussed this need with the Government and hope they are open to my suggestions because the problem is not going to go away on its own.' About 20 Vietnamese have been given priority by Dr Reynolds because the only thing stopping them from being resettled in Britain is their drug habits. 'It is in the interests of the Vietnamese and the people of Hong Kong to get the Government on board and that is part of my challenge.' Having arrived in Hong Kong less than a fortnight ago, Dr Reynolds is still gauging the extent of the problem at Pillar Point but acknowledges that there are likely to be associated medical problems of people suffering from AIDS through sharing needles. Most of the Pillar Point residents have been in Hong Kong for years, having failed to meet the criteria of resettlement countries because of drug and medical problems or criminal records. 'I know it won't be an easy job to turn this problem around but I am both optimistic and realistic in saying that it can be done,' the doctor said.