Dope hope

Published: Wednesday 31 July 1996

heroin addicts can look forward to a less painful cure with the help of a herb-based drug developed by Chinese scientists. The drug is called '6.26' after the un -designated date of June 26, when the world addresses the problems of drug abuse. According to scientists, 6.26 is not only cheaper -- it sells for a third of the market price of the internationally prescribed anti-addiction methadone drug -- but also its success rate comes with minimal side effects.

The drug was developed at Kunming Compulsive Treatment Centre in the south-western Chinese province of Yunnan. It lies close to the notorious Golden Triangle covering the border regions of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand and, therefore, has one of the highest rates of drug abuse. The centre is the first of its kind in China which offers rehabilitation treatment for drug addicts. The drug has been tested on 1,000 patients with a 98.9 per cent efficacy rate. According to Chinese doctors, the patient gains control over withdrawal symptoms five to 20 minutes taking the drug and after five to seven days of usage later even the physical urge to take drugs disappears.

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