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Miriam Adelson shares her passion in combating drug abuse

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During a luncheon co-hosted by Sands China Ltd. and the International Ladies’ Club of Macau, Dr. Miriam Adelson, a specialist in internal medicine, lectured on using methadone to treat chemical dependency. A medical expert in the field of drug abuse treatment, Dr. Adelson had opened two clinics in the United States and Israel before coming to Macau in 2002 to offer her knowledge to the local community, mentoring medical professionals and sharing her experience with the Social Welfare Bureau’s Department for Prevention and Treatment of Drug Dependence.
“My husband [Sheldon Adelson, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation], was doing business in Macau, so I thought I might as well do something meaningful and give back to the community,” she said in an interview with MDT after the lunch. While some critics believe that methadone treatment only alternates one addiction for another, Dr. Adelson insists that it is extremely effective and that “a society has to measure the pros and cons in a difficult situation and makes the correct decision.”
In her past experience working as a medical professional in Tel Aviv, Dr. Miriam says she changed the minds of many doctors who had despised methadone treatment after showing them the positive behavioural changes in her patients, some of which are ex-criminals who had remained out of jail after the treatment.
When asked about whether or not she would open her own clinic in Macau, Dr. Miriam indicates that the local professionals are doing a great job. “When I come to China, I feel like a guest and I don’t want to intervene. I want to respect the Chinese culture, but what I have is my medical knowledge, and I would like to educate people and offer my help as far as possible. The local professionals have come a long way. They read, they learn, and they are doing a wonderful job.”



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