Resource Logo
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update

Herbs May Ease Addiction


USA Today (06/24/97) P. 1D

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University's Center for Chemical Dependence plan to analyze a mixture of herbs developed by a Vietnamese scientist for the treatment of addiction to opium, heroin, and possibly cocaine. Testing of the mixture, called "heantos" by the Vietnamese, should take several years. According to Don Jasinski, director of the Johns Hopkins center, several existing drugs treat heroin addiction, but none work as effectively as experts would like. Pharmaceutical firms, he adds, have shown relatively little interest in developing anti-addiction drugs.


Copyright © 1997 -CDC Prevention News Update, Publisher. All rights reserved to Information, Inc., Bethesda, MD. The CDC National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention provides the following information as a public service only. Providing synopses of key scientific articles and lay media reports on HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis does not constitute CDC endorsement. This daily update also includes information from CDC and other government agencies, such as background on Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) articles, fact sheets, press releases and announcements. Reproduction of this text is encouraged; however, copies may not be sold, and the CDC HIV/STD/TB Prevention News Update should be cited as the source of the information. Contact the sources of the articles abstracted below for full texts of the articles.

Information in this article was accurate in June 24, 1997. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.