Prescribing narcotics in the Middle East

If you think the consequences are tough here, you haven’t seen this case in Saudi Arabia:

Egyptian Raouf Amin languishes in a Saudi jail and is punished with 70 lashes once a week. Cut off from his family in Egypt, the 52-year-old doctor was convicted for prescribing painkillers to a Saudi princess that led to her addiction.

An appeal court judge ruled that Amin will be beaten weekly until he has received 1,500 lashes – and then he’ll spend another 14 years behind bars.

Talk about setting a precedent. I can’t imagine any Saudi physician would be willing to prescribe narcotics after reading this.

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