Tranquiliser rip-off

Tranquiliser rip-off
: DIAZEPAM: Cheap on prescription, dear on black market Photo credit: Instituto Socrates

A WOMAN was arrested in Almeria for attempting to buy diazepam tranquilisers on a bogus Social Security prescription.

Noticing irregularities in the prescription, which also lacked a doctor’s stamp, the pharmacist asked for more details, prompting the would-be purchaser to make a hurried exit.

Investigating the incident, Almeria’s Policia Nacional found that she was a 39-year-old who had tried on at least three previous occasions to use fake prescriptions to acquire diazepam.


Sources close to the case suggested that it was likely the woman wanted to pay a subsidised €3 for the medication on a Social Security prescription and later sell it on the black market for €300.

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Linda Hall
Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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