PETALING JAYA: A coffee shop here has been turning hundreds of its regular customers into drug addicts by pushing a "five-star" herbal tea to them.Each day, more than 150 glasses of tea laced with codeine are sold to unsuspecting customers who keep coming back for more because of the high that the drug gives.
Codeine, the active drug in many cough mixtures, is used by drug addicts as a substitute for hard drugs.
The discovery was made by a Health Ministry team yesterday, when it raided a pharmacy in New Town here.
The team discovered that up to 1,000 codeine tablets a week had been sold to the coffee shop.
The owner added one tablet into each glass of herbal tea. The tablet dissolves easily, leaving many customers unaware that their drinks had been spiked.
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