Technique and Significance of Rapid Detoxification by Acupuncture and Electrical Stimulation (AES), Naloxone and Valium

  • H. L. Wen


In the past, when an individual was addicted to narcotics, he was treated either by an abrupt or a gradual discontinuation of the narcotics. It is now more than a decade since methadone was introduced as a treatment modality for the maintenance and detoxification of drug addicts. Often, the period of detoxification is very long, especially if used in an outpatient setting. Sometimes, patients cannot be detoxified but have to be maintained on methadone. It had been reported that rapid detoxification could be accomplished with the aid of injections of naloxone (Blachly et al., 1975; Resnick et al., 1977). One report advocated that one or two days’ technique be used. We had reported using acupuncture and electrical stimulation (AES) to suppress the abstinence syndrome before and during the naloxone injections (Wen, 1977; Wen, in press). More recently, we have modified our own technique by injecting 10 mg. of valium 15 minutes after the first naloxone injection. The paper deals with 41 cases of AES and naloxone technique, compared with 41 cases of AES, naloxone and valium combined.


Pupillary Size Opiate Receptor Drug Addict Abstinence Syndrome Naloxone Injection 
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  • H. L. Wen
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  1. 1.Kwong Wah HospitalChina

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