CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update Herbs May Ease Addiction
June 24, 1997
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.