Abbot Phra Chamroon, a former thai secret policeman turned monk, has won an international public service award for his work curing thousands of drug addicts.
GV PAN Abode Monastery where drug addicts are treated.
SCU Abbot Phra Chamroon (left) talking with students.
SV INTERIOR:Abbot talking to addicts (2 shots).
SV drug addict patients register (2 shots)
SV monk examines arms for needle scars.
SV new patient registers (2 shots)
SV addict receiving medicine as others look on and sing encouragement (3 shots)
CU and GV addicts reacting to medicine - Vomiting (3 shots)
SV INTERIOR: addicts changing into new uniforms.
CU and SV oath ceremony for newly registered addicts (3 shots)
GV addicts resting in ward (3 shots).
CU Sixteen year old former drug pusher and addict singing. PAN to other addicts listening. (2 shots)
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Background: Abbot Phra Chamroon, a former thai secret policeman turned monk, has won an international public service award for his work curing thousands of drug addicts.
One of his major fears is for the corruption of the young through drugs... many of his patients are teenagers who got hooked on hard drugs including heroin and opium.
Since Phra Chamroon donned the yellow robe of the Buddhist religion 24 years ago, its claimed that he's cured tens of thousands of addicts from Thailand and overseas.
Phra Chamroon has -- according to those experts who support his theories -- managed to wean the majority of his patients off drugs with an unorthodox combination of herbal medicines and spiritual treatment.
Environment and atmosphere also have a vital role to play in Phra Chamroon's philosophy for curing addicts. He emphasises the feeling of community among them by encouraging students to mix with, and help the addicts at their "abode" in Saraburi Province.
In turn they can see for themselves what addiction can do to the body and mind of another human being. But Phra Chamroon still faces serious doubts from western medical opinion which questions the real value of his herbal medicines.
For this reason, if nothing else, he's delighted to receive the 10,000 dollars (U.S.) prize that goes with the 1975 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service. Typically he's refused to go to Manila on Sunday (31st August) to receive the award personally. He thinks its wrong for a priest to do that sort of things....
Phra Chamroon hopes the money can be used to prove to sceptical medical scientists that his methods of cure and genuine and effective. He says in turn thousands of addicts in western countries would benefit.
Phra Chamroon first became aware of the drug traffic in Thailand while he was a Thai police undercover agent. He became disillusioned with his work and entered a Buddhist Monastery.
There, he began perfecting the treatment for drug addiction which today, in the eyes of so many addicts, is their only chance of cure.