Vietnam – Drug addiction remedy, T/I: 10:25:52

A major project has been launched to test a herbal cure for heroin addiction, currently being used with great success in Vietnam. The United Nations Development (UNDP) Programme in May invested about US$ 400,000 in research and tests on the herbal medicine, with a view to making it more widely available.
The herbal cure known as Heantos, is the brainchild of Tran Khuong Dan, a traditional herbalist from Ha Tay province, west of Hanoi. Having watched his father and brother turn to drugs Dan had a strong personal incentive to find a cure.
Officially there are about 180,000 drug addicts in Vietnam. The real figure is probably far higher. Some are South Vietnamese war veterans who picked up the habit after being given morphine in hospital. Others are young, recreational drug users; yet others are from the hill tribes in the north of the country where it is traditional to turn to an opium pipe for relaxation.
To find a cure Dan travelled to the north and deliberately got hooked on opium. He also learned what addicts took to keep withdrawal at bay when the poppy crop failed. Combining this with his traditional
knowledge of herbs, Dan developed the alternative cure.
Heantos is made from the bark, leaves and stem of indigenous trees and plants. It comes as a thick, brown syrup that looks like molasses and tastes nutty. It is administered in half litre doses for the first four days of treatment and thereafter in in capsules over about six months.
Vietnamese officials at the centre say after taking Heanos just once about 70% of the patients did not return for their morphine dose.

SHOWS:

HANOI, VIETNAM, 17-18 NOVEMBER 1997
VS street scenes,
PAN from woman to shop selling herbal medicine;
CU preparation of herbal prescription,
man preparing remedy,
clerk at herbal shop,
vs interiors herbal shop;
SOT Ms Laura Dillon, PIO UNDP Hanoi (English): “When you watch these people and you see with your own eyes that they are coming in out of their minds on heroin, and then see them five days later you can tell that they have no craving. You can see it in their bodies that they are not craving the drug, they are not having serious withdrawal effects. I am feeling pretty positive, I would put my own money behind it”;
VS Institute of Chemistry,
lab worker at computer doing spectral analysis of HEANTOS,
lab workers conducting experiments,
CU female lab technician,
VS lab workers;
SOT Mr Hua Toan (English): ” HEANTOS is no drug substitute like methodone and others. It is a herbal product 100%, herbal product”;
VS lab technician chopping herbs to make HEANTOS;
SOT Mr Nguyen Quang Tuan, former drug addict (Vietnamese): “I have tried other medications other than HEANTOS before, I must say that the withdrawal symptons (before) were very heavy. I could not eat, sleep and I felt extremely uneasy, but with this mediciation I feel that the withdrawal symptons is very smooth and I can eat, sleep this time;
VS street scenes of Hanoi Runs

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T/I: 10:25:52

A major project has been launched to test a herbal cure for heroin addiction, currently being used with great success in Vietnam. The United Nations Development (UNDP) Programme in May invested about US$ 400,000 in research and tests on the herbal medicine, with a view to making it more widely available.
The herbal cure known as Heantos, is the brainchild of Tran Khuong Dan, a traditional herbalist from Ha Tay province, west of Hanoi. Having watched his father and brother turn to drugs Dan had a strong personal incentive to find a cure.
Officially there are about 180,000 drug addicts in Vietnam. The real figure is probably far higher. Some are South Vietnamese war veterans who picked up the habit after being given morphine in hospital. Others are young, recreational drug users; yet others are from the hill tribes in the north of the country where it is traditional to turn to an opium pipe for relaxation.
To find a cure Dan travelled to the north and deliberately got hooked on opium. He also learned what addicts took to keep withdrawal at bay when the poppy crop failed. Combining this with his traditional
knowledge of herbs, Dan developed the alternative cure.
Heantos is made from the bark, leaves and stem of indigenous trees and plants. It comes as a thick, brown syrup that looks like molasses and tastes nutty. It is administered in half litre doses for the first four days of treatment and thereafter in in capsules over about six months.
Vietnamese officials at the centre say after taking Heanos just once about 70% of the patients did not return for their morphine dose.

SHOWS:

HANOI, VIETNAM, 17-18 NOVEMBER 1997
VS street scenes,
PAN from woman to shop selling herbal medicine;
CU preparation of herbal prescription,
man preparing remedy,
clerk at herbal shop,
vs interiors herbal shop;
SOT Ms Laura Dillon, PIO UNDP Hanoi (English): “When you watch these people and you see with your own eyes that they are coming in out of their minds on heroin, and then see them five days later you can tell that they have no craving. You can see it in their bodies that they are not craving the drug, they are not having serious withdrawal effects. I am feeling pretty positive, I would put my own money behind it”;
VS Institute of Chemistry,
lab worker at computer doing spectral analysis of HEANTOS,
lab workers conducting experiments,
CU female lab technician,
VS lab workers;
SOT Mr Hua Toan (English): ” HEANTOS is no drug substitute like methodone and others. It is a herbal product 100%, herbal product”;
VS lab technician chopping herbs to make HEANTOS;
SOT Mr Nguyen Quang Tuan, former drug addict (Vietnamese): “I have tried other medications other than HEANTOS before, I must say that the withdrawal symptons (before) were very heavy. I could not eat, sleep and I felt extremely uneasy, but with this mediciation I feel that the withdrawal symptons is very smooth and I can eat, sleep this time;
VS street scenes of Hanoi Runs

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