Date: Sat, 17 May 1997 16:24:30 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: Addiction Cure in Vietnam

hope this isn't considered off topic by the purists; if anyone
iknows more about the reported remedy I'd appreciate it if they would
post it to the list. tia.

] Subj: WIRE: U.N. Promotes Study of Addiction Cure in Vietnam
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] Date: Thu, 15 May 1997 11:43:03 -0400 (EDT)

      U.N. promotes study of addiction
      cure in Vietnam

      HANOI, The Reuters World Service  : The
      United Nations said on Wednesday it would contribute $500,000
      to a project in Vietnam which will study the effectiveness of a
      herbal medicine for drug addiction.

      The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said the
      medication known as HEANTOS had been applied effectively as a
      therapy in Vietnam, where there are an estimated 185,000 addicts.

      But its claims still needed to be reviewed, verified and
      substantiated in compliance with international standards before
      its use on a wider scale and outside Vietnam could be authorised.

      ``Further research on HEANTOS is critical as drug abuse is one of
      the most pervasive social problems facing countries throughout
      the world,'' UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Hanoi
      Nicholas Rosellini said in a statement.

      The project, which will be carried out with the Johns Hopkins
      University School of Medicine and the National Institute of Drug
      Abuse in the United States, was launched as a major
      heroin-trafficking trial entered its final day in Hanoi.

      The UNDP said that since 1991 more than 3,000 Vietnamese
      patients -- mainly opium and heroin addicts -- had been treated
      successfully with HEANTOS for withdrawal symptoms.

      HEANTOS, which is composed of various plants and other
      ingredients found in Vietnam, could bring cost reductions in
      treating addicts all over the world. REUTER@

      [Copyright 1997, Reuters]