'Want some cough syrup with your kopi?' Brisk business behind Geylang coffee shop despite raids

A buyer (in black) procuring a bottle of cough syrup behind a coffee shop in Geylang Lorong 7 while a minder (in grey) looks on. The bottles are hidden inside mailboxes and motorcycle top cases just a few metres away, and are retrieved once a sale is
A buyer (in black) procuring a bottle of cough syrup behind a coffee shop in Geylang Lorong 7 while a minder (in grey) looks on. The bottles are hidden inside mailboxes and motorcycle top cases just a few metres away, and are retrieved once a sale is made. The black market also extends to Lorongs 9 and 11.ST PHOTOS
A buyer (in black) procuring a bottle of cough syrup behind a coffee shop in Geylang Lorong 7 while a minder (in grey) looks on. The bottles are hidden inside mailboxes and motorcycle top cases just a few metres away, and are retrieved once a sale is
Above: Used cough syrup bottles discarded by addicts in the vicinity of a back alley in Geylang Lorong 9 after they get their fix.ST PHOTOS
A buyer (in black) procuring a bottle of cough syrup behind a coffee shop in Geylang Lorong 7 while a minder (in grey) looks on. The bottles are hidden inside mailboxes and motorcycle top cases just a few metres away, and are retrieved once a sale is
Above: Used cough syrup bottles discarded by addicts in the vicinity of a back alley in Geylang Lorong 9 after they get their fix.ST PHOTOS

Illegal sellers peddle cough syrup to addicts behind Geylang coffee shop despite raids

A makeshift cough syrup dispensary operating behind a coffee shop in Geylang Lorong 7 sees brisk business every night. No consultation is needed, and the plastic bottles do not come with labels.

And the "doctors"? Middle-aged men who you can be certain have no medical training, yet are more than ready to sell bottles of cough syrup to anyone willing to pay.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 07, 2019, with the headline ''Want some cough syrup with your kopi?''. Print Edition | Subscribe