Thailand begins a ban on opium smoking and experimental treatment for its opium addicts: opium smoking in Thailand - legal pastime until June 30 when a new ban comes into force - is a widespread habit,- numerous opium dens are frequented by some 72,000 opium addicts - 20,000 of them in Bangkok alone.
1. People outside opium den. 0.03
2. Signboard of opium den in Chinese. 0.05
3. LS. Addicts smoking. 0.10
4. Addict asleep. 0.14
5. Man preparing opium pipe. 0.19
6. 2 scenes. Addict smoking pipe. 0.28
7. People at reception centre Public Welfare Dept. 0.32
8. Volunteer having interview. 0.37
9. CU. Official. 0.40
10. One of the volunteers. 0.45
11. People going to the Sanatorium. 0.48
12. Rear view people going to sanatorium. 0.51
13. Names being taken down. 0.52
14. Officials searching arrivals for opium. 0.57
15. Old man being searched. 1.01
16. People listening to doctor. 1.06
17. CU. Old man listening. 1.08
18. Patient taking medicine. 1.13
19. Patients queue for cigarettes. 1.17
20. CU. Cigarettes being handed over. 1.22
21. MS. Dotti 1.25
22. Men getting food. 1.30
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24. People roaming on veranda. 1.36
Background: Thailand begins a ban on opium smoking and experimental treatment for its opium addicts: opium smoking in Thailand - legal pastime until June 30 when a new ban comes into force - is a widespread habit,- numerous opium dens are frequented by some 72,000 opium addicts - 20,000 of them in Bangkok alone.
With the ban coming into operation, the Public Welfare Department has opened the ???long Rangsit Sanatorium in Bangkok, where addicts can go to be cured.
Already over a thousand people have volunteered to have treatment in the Sanatorium, but after the ban anyone caught taking a puff at the opium pipe will be arrested and sent to the Sanatorium, where hundreds of new patients can be expected in the coming months.
Arriving at the Sanatorium, addicts are searched for hidden supplies of the drug and the curative treatment is explained to them.
For the first ten days, doctors give the patients anti-opium-smoking medicine and encourage them to smoke cigarettes to help them turn over a new leaf. Accommodation for 1,000 more beds is being provided for the patients who will come flocking in when the ban starts.
Rehabilitation is an important part of the treatment, and patients are taught various handicrafts such as sewing, tailoring and carpentry to help them resume a normal and useful life afterwards.