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Medicine used to treat addicts being sold illegally

LOCAL judges are warning that methadone, a drug prescribed to drug addicts to assist in their recovery, is instead being sold illegally in an increasing number of cases, indicating more strict supervision is needed.

In a recent case, a 35-year-old drug addict who sold 313.56 grams of methadone, which was prescribed to him as a substitute for heroin during his drug treatment, was sentenced to seven years in jail, Huangpu District People's Court said.

The court said it was the 19th case involving methadone sales they've handled since July.

Prosecutors said the drug dealer, surnamed Chen, was a hotel security guard who had been an addict since age 16 and had been punished several times. In recent years, he was forced to have a medical anti-addictive treatment in a community medical establishment.

When the doctor asked him to drink methadone liquid during the treatment, he always pretended to obey but then would spit it into a bottle he carried and took it home.


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