Date
18 October 2017
The young man was said to have taken handfuls of sleeping pills. Photo: Baidu.com
The young man was said to have taken handfuls of sleeping pills. Photo: Baidu.com

Fake sleeping pills save suicidal man in Shandong

Who would think that fake medicine, which is rampant in China, could be a life saver?

Police in Qingdao, in eastern China’s Shandong province, received an urgent call from a man, surnamed Ye, who said his son tried to kill himself in a local hotel, according to Apple Daily, citing local media reports.

When police arrived, they found the 28-year-old son quite conscious and did not look like he was suicidal. So after a few words with the father and his son, they left.

However, police received another call in the afternoon from the young man’s friend who said he took handfuls of sleeping pills in his room.

The police went to the man’s home and found Ye sleeping in bed, with two empty medicine bottles in the trash bin.

While the officers were calling for paramedics, Ye suddenly woke up, sat on the bed and smoked.

Ye told police he was from Zhejiang province and left for Qingdao after a quarrel with his family.

He admitted having taken 200 sleeping pills he bought for 50 yuan (US$7.63) from a website.

He was sent to hospital for a medical check. The doctor said Ye was fine, adding that the pills he had taken must be fake.

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