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    In Hong Kong, the ancient Chinese medical technique of acupuncture has been put into use to try and curb the island's increasing drug addiction problem.

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    In Hong Kong, the ancient Chinese medical technique of acupuncture has been put into use to try and curb the island's increasing drug addiction problem.

    SYNOPSIS: What's thought to be the world's first drug treatment centre using acupuncture opened recently.

    So far more than 300 addicts have agreed to undergo the treatment, which last 14 days.

    The technique involves suppressing the withdrawal symptoms of a patient by applying a nine-volt electrical current through a pair of acupuncture needles which have been inserted in the addict's ears. The addicts control the stimulator at a frequency of 125 cycles per second.

    After the treatment, many of the addicts have told doctors that withdrawal symptoms of stomach cramps, running noses, aching bones and coldness disappear after about 25 minutes on the stimulator. The centre has been founded jointly by the United States Narcotics Institute and the Hong Kong government. They're hoping that acupuncture could be used on a large scale to help the island's estimated 100,000 drug addicts.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8JX6GC8KS2A3YN8IUP76TB9EI
    Media URN:
    VLVA8JX6GC8KS2A3YN8IUP76TB9EI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/09/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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