I’d have been more impressed if they’d mentioned the names of the herbs…
After spending 27 years as a drug addict, Tang Ngoc San stumbled upon a natural remedy that helped him, and later others, end their slavery to the illegal substance.
For Dao people in Pu Quan region, in Pu Nhi Commune, Muong Lat District, Thanh Hoa Province, consuming drugs was an integral part of their lives, particularly during festivals. Opium was always considered an “asset” of the locals in the far-flung mountainous area.
In the distant past, the region was covered by poppy fields and people living there were familiar with the smell from the time they were born. According to local police, there were more than 380 drug addicts in Muong Lat in 2005. San was one of them.