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Together with two other local organisations Jugend an DrogenhÃ?«llef and Jongenheem, MSF has put together a team of experienced psychologists using a family-based approach. Much of the work consists of training staff in homes and holding centres for juveniles in dealing with drug related problems. MSF also runs an outreach programme and refers addicts for treatment in existing clinics and hospitals. Over the past year, the network has managed to integrate more doctors into the programme, including doctors who work in schools. Forty-eight patients were treated for drug addiction in 1998 of whom 14 were heroine addicts under 18-years of age.

MSF encourages the justice system to consider alternatives to residential sentences for such minors, including referring them and their families to MSF for consultations. However, MSF remains completely independent of the justice system and does not report to it.