The last thing that visitors of two “medical centers” in Egypt’s Alexandria expected was for the doctors treating them from their drug addiction, to be drug dealers themselves.
On November 22, the Egyptian Interior Ministry announced that it had arrested six men who impersonated drug addiction doctors in Alexandria.
Investigations revealed that two of the arrested were involved in previous drug-related crimes, according to the ministry’s statement on Facebook.
The statement added that the Criminal Investigation Services in Alexandria had confirmed that: “Some criminal elements deceived the citizens and took their money while they impersonated doctors specialized in treating drug addiction and psychiatry, as well as establishing and managing centers for drug addiction treatment in the suburbs of the city, without obtaining a license from the concerned authorities.”
According to the police, the two centers “had received many patients and kept them for addiction treatment without specialized medical supervision.”
The accused had rented two buildings and equipped them with clinics for medical examinations, classrooms and food courts. They specified the price for a month’s stay to be 15,000 EGP (850 USD) per patient.
The police asserted that when they confronted the perpetrators “they immediately admitted the crime.” They also revealed that “there were 18 women inside the first center and 16 men inside the second one, and they were handed over to their families after they were medically examined by a specialized medical committee.”
The police stated that they had seized large amounts of drugs that had been prescribed for the addicts without medical prescriptions, some of which were being used by the drug addicts for illegal purposes.
In July 2017, Amr Othman, the director of the Egyptian Anti-Addiction Treatment Fund, said that the drug addiction percentage among Egyptians is more than ten percent, which is double the international percentages.
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