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Shanghai Rehab Centers Use VR to Help Drug Users


A growing number of Chinese drug rehabilitation institutions use virtual reality (VR) technology to help drug addicts.

At Shanghai Qingdong rehabilitation center, patients wear a VR helmet with an eye-movement tracking system. Their biological indicators, including eye movement, heart rate and skin conductivity, are recorded to determine their level of addiction.

Virtual reality system offers the Patients various scenarios, such as parties in a bar or gatherings in a hotel room, in which men and women take drugs around the user. These videos are played to stimulate addicts’ desire for drugs. Then they view videos showing how devastatingly drugs will harm their health so as to suppress their desire for them.

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