South Korean Doctors Arrested for Prescription Drug Abuse

David Lee, May 2, 2016, 9:51 a.m.

Two female doctors and two nurses’ aides were arrested on Monday for abusing psychotropic drugs for their appetite suppressant effects. According to the Busan Police’s narcotics investigation team, the female obstetricians and their aides had consumed more than 3 million won ($2,600) worth of phentermine tablets between 2013 and 2016.

“Although the pill is known for its weight-watch effects, it is also a narcotic substance that needs proper prescription and regulation. If taken above the suggested amount, the pills can result in severe physical and psychological problems,” the police said.  These women are also being accused of illegally bringing in methamphetamine from China, hidden beneath their sneaker insoles. 

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