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TV actress in probe over drug abuse

All Headlines 13:57 January 24, 2013

SEOUL, Jan. 24 (Yonhap) -- A number of celebrities, including TV actress Jang Mi-inae, are under investigation on suspicion of illegally taking the psychotropic drug propofol, prosecutors said Thursday.

Jang was summoned Wednesday night for questioning on suspicions that she took the prescription drug for reasons other than its intended purpose at several plastic surgery and dermatology hospitals in Gangnam, an uptown area in Seoul, they said.

The 29-year-old actress allegedly received several unnecessary treatments at hospitals to receive the drug, which is commonly used during routine surgeries.

She denied the allegations, claiming that she was administered the drug for medical purposes only.

Authorities are expected to summon other celebrities on charges of abusing propofol.

Early this month, police arrested nearly 100 doctors on charges of illegally using or administering the drug, in a two-month nationwide hospital crackdown. The crackdown was prompted after a local obstetrician was arrested in August last year on charges of injecting his girlfriend with an anesthetic that caused her death. The doctor then abandoned her body.

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