(Clearwisdom.net) The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has used virtually every means imaginable to persecute Falun Gong over the past 11 years. One such means is to administer drugs to incarcerated practitioners, either forcing them to ingest drugs, or injecting them against their will. After release from prisons and hospitals where the drugs were administered, many victims were unable to take care of themselves, as the drug abuse they endured resulted in permanent physical or psychological damage. Some suffered loss of memory; others became anxious and mentally impaired. Some died. Many simply cannot describe the abuses they were subjected to because of physical and/or mental deterioration as a result of the drugs.

When such cases are published on Minghui/Clearwisdom, we often only say that these practitioners had been injected with "unknown drugs." We are unable to know precisely what the drugs were, and the specific ways in which they damage victims' health. Furthermore, while it was widely known that such abuse was conducted in mental hospitals (where mentally healthy Falun Gong practitioners are taken to be persecuted), it is now known that such abuse is also common in prisons, labor camps, detention centers and brainwashing centers.

Some practitioners became aware of the forced drug administration and resisted, but the drugs were often administered covertly, and no one was aware of what was going on. The victims only realized they had been harmed after their bodies started to show symptoms of the poisoning. By then it was impossible to find material evidence. This has prevented us from thoroughly exposing the CCP's crime of using harmful drugs in the persecution.

Drugs are for treating patients and relieving the pain of sick people. Administering an unneeded or incorrect drug is wrong in itself, let alone injecting healthy people with harmful drugs as a means of torture. Such conduct is a serious crime against humanity.

The first of such cases exposed was about practitioner Mr. Su Gang from Shandong Province, who died in June 2000 as a result of being forced to take drugs. Clearly, the regime has used drugs in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners since 1999 when the persecution started.

The types of drugs used so far remain largely unknown, but the persons administering the drugs knew very well what their impact would be on the victims.

Following practitioner Su Gang's release from incarceration, where he was subjected to forcible drug "therapy," he was dull, slow, weak and could not eat. He passed away at home just nine days after his release. Practitioner Ms. Xu Guiqin from Taian, Shandong Province, was also injected with drugs, leaving her numb and without an appetite. She also passed away nine days later (See "World Attention Focused on Psychiatric Abuse of Falun Gong Practitioners in China, Part 2" http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2004/4/24/47348.html).

The symptoms in these two cases were very similar, as were the times of their deaths. Why this coincidence? Did the prison officials know the practitioners would be unable to speak and would die within 10 days from the date of release, thus unable to expose what they had experienced?

Practitioner Ms. Liu Zhimei from Shandong Province, a Tsinghua University student, became distraught three days after she was released from detention. Why did she suffer a sudden mental collapse only a few days after returning home? If the perpetrators did not know the impact of the drugs and used them randomly, she might have become distraught while she was still in prison, and thus the prison would be held accountable for her condition. The regime officials needed to prevent exposure of their criminal acts and administered drugs so that Ms. Liu's situation unfolded as they wished. This indicates that they knew exactly the impact of the drugs they used.

It was recently reported that when the police arrested practitioner Ms. Wu Yulan, they administered a white power that made her lose consciousness. They then carried her away. (Minghui website reported on September 14, 2010 "Associate professor from China University of Science and Technology and his wife were captured and persecuted" http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2010/9/15/229672.html) The police had drugs with them when capturing people and were prepared to use them at any time. They must know very well the effect of the drugs, which is why they carry and use them.

Many practitioners suffered from severe pain after being injected with drugs; some died quickly due to organ failure as a result of the drugs. There have been numerous reports on Clearwisdom.net of such cases.

Constant reports about the communist regime poisoning appellants by putting drugs in their food and water have been commonly seen in recent years. No doubt, this kind of conduct goes beyond the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and affects the larger masses of Chinese citizens. We have an obligation to expose and stop such crimes.

We need to collect human testimonies and material evidence.

Many Falun Gong practitioners have been victims of forced drug administration. We have many such testimonies - either personal or from family members. If we expand our truth-clarification to mental hospitals that have participated in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, certain staff persons may be stung by conscience and step forward, to testify to the facts of this aspect of the persecution. We may also encourage international organizations and reporters to investigate the institutions that have participated in such crimes.

To serve as material evidence, more samples of drug-contaminated food and water need to be somehow brought out of the prisons. Once we have them in hand, they can be tested for specific chemical substances. If people cannot find any independent laboratories to do such tests, we shall try to have them tested overseas. Once we have more of such evidence we can file lawsuits, or use other ways to further expose the crimes of the evil regime.

Falun Gong practitioners have begun to collect material evidence of such cases. For example, practitioner Ms. Song Caiping became aware that the labor camp ordered inmates to put drugs into her food. Ms. Song noticed that her food tasted strange, so she quickly spat it out. She threw it out the window and later found many dead flies around the food that she'd thrown out. This further led her to believe that the food was poisoned. She picked a few large dead flies as evidence. Ms. Song was finally able to report the abuse she experienced at the labor camp, including the attempts to poison her, to a prosecutor from Xiaoheihe Procuratorate in Inner Mongolia, but still nothing has been done to stop the abuse. (See "Guards at Hohhot Women's Forced Labor Camp Tried to Poison Ms. Song Caiping Several Times" http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/9/27/120273.html)

Another imprisoned practitioner, when she was ordered to help sort prescriptions at the clinic, found a prescription signed by a doctor of psychology. It included a large dose of a drug that interferes with the central nervous system and may cause patients to show symptoms of mental illness. (See Clearwisdom article, "Lengthy Litany of Mistreatment, Torture, and Brainwashing Offences at Shaanxi Women's Forced Labor Camp" http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/9/3/119805.html)

The above is just a preliminary discussion of a proposal to formulate an in-depth compilation of the CCP's persecution through the use of drugs.