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From archives: UNODC Bulletin on Narcotics Bulletin on Narcotics -1988 Issue1 UNODC Bulletin on Narcotics Author: M. O. SMITH , I. KHAN Pages: 35 to 41 Creation Date: 1988/01/01
An acupuncture programme for the treatment of drug-addicted persons
M. O. SMITH Medical Director, Substance Abuse Division, Lincoln Hospital, New York, New York, and Chairperson, National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), United States of America I. KHAN Senior Medical Officer, Division of Mental Health, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Over the past 13 years, Lincoln Hospital, New York City, has used acupuncture as the primary method of treatment for drug-addicted persons. The programme receives, on a daily out-patient basis, 200 drug-addicted persons for detoxification. Acupuncture relieves withdrawal symptoms, prevents the craving for drugs and increases the rate of participation of patients in long-term treatment programmes. The best results have been obtained by…


By AMANDA GARDNER DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Tuesday, March 20th 2001, 2:20AM Thanks to a South Bronx doctor, the same techniques that help drug addicts in New York are aiding relief workers in Gujarat, the earthquake-ravaged region of western India. Years ago, Dr. Michael Smith, head of the recovery center at Lincoln Hospital and a pioneer in using acupuncture to treat addiction in the U.S., helped set up an acupuncture program for the Caring Foundation...
Recently, Smith was back in New Delhi training more substance abuse workers when Suneel Vatsyayan, director of the foundation, asked him to meet with relief workers in Ahmedabad, the state capital of Gujarat, where thousands were killed Jan. 26.

The devastation has been too much even for seasoned caregivers to handle. One 18-year-old girl insists that her last name is Bhukamp, which means "earthquake" in the local language. No one knows who she is or where she's from. One man suffers recurring headaches and chest pains, …