3 S Korean actresses given suspended prison term for propofol abuse

3 S Korean actresses given suspended prison term for propofol abuse

Three female actresses were given suspended jail sentences on Monday for recreationally abusing propofol, an anesthetic used in surgeries.

The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Jang Mi-in-ae, Lee Seung-yeon and Park Shi-yeon to eight months in jail, suspended for two years.

The judge said they have been excessively addicted to the drug for years and exerted negative influence as public figures.

Actresses have been indicted by the prosecution for illegally injecting the drug hundreds of times at various hospitals even though they were not undergoing any type of surgery.

Propofol is known as a sedative used mostly during cosmetic procedures, but the report showed that men were no exception.

A total of 107 people have been rounded up by the police for illegal use of propofol for last three years, according to government data released by Rep. Kim Han-pyo of the ruling Saenuri Party.

The police apprehended 47 in 2011, 31 in 2012 and 29 as of October this year. Of the total, eight were arrested and the rest were booked without detention, the lawmaker said citing data submitted by the Korea National Police Agency.

Forty-three men, or nearly 40 per cent of the total, were apprehended by police. The number of men using propofol outnumbered women starting in 2012 by 16-to-14 and 16-to-7 this year. By age, people in their 30s accounted for nearly half of all users, followed by people in their 40s and 20s.

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