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article imageHeroin-addicted elephants are now clean

By Owen Weldon     Aug 1, 2014 in Odd News
Four elephants that were hooked on bananas laced with opium are now clean after animal welfare experts weaned them off of the drug.
According to Yahoo, over the course of the year, experts weaned them off of the drug with methadone.
Drug smugglers used the elephants to transport amounts of the drug between China and Myanmar, and in order to make them adhere to orders, the smugglers fed them opiate.
Smugglers drugged the elephants because it made training them easier. Once the elephants got addicted to the laced bananas, they were desperate for their next fix and they obeyed the smugglers' commands.
When the smugglers were caught and the elephants were sent to a sanctuary, keepers noticed that some of them were restless, and they were aggressive.
Tests were ran on the elephants and that was when it was discovered that four of the elephants had traces of heroin in their system.
The four elephants are now drug-free, and keepers were so confident about their health that they decided to release them back into herds in the wild.
Chen Jiming, of the local Asian elephant breeding center, said that it is just as hard for elephants to go through the cold turkey regime as it is for people.
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