Our investigation also uncovered one pharmacist methadone millionaire Denis Houlihan who has claimed more than 850,000 through just ONE chemist shop over six years.
Mr Houlihan, 45. also gets paid thousands of pounds to run a needle exchange from the shop. Many of the addicts he supplies with methadone take advantage of the free needles.
Pharmacists are paid 2.32 for dispensing every dose of methadone and 1.33 for supervising addicts while they take it. Chemists pay the wholesale cost of buying methadone from the Government money they claim.
The data was released only after the Record fought a three month battle with health bosses using freedom of information laws.
The theory is that they will take decreasing amounts until they are drug free.
Methadone is sometimes used alongside heroin by some addicts
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Mr Green runs M Green from the family's 1.5million Georgian mansion in Milngavie, near Glasgow.
Another couple, Deborah and Martin Green, own Scotland's highest earning Scottish based pharmacy company for dispensing methadone.
Lloyds Pharmacy claimed 3,727,390 last year and 18,708564 over six years through their 188 branches.
Every day, a long line of addicts line up for their "script", making the Saracen Street shop the most lucrative methadone distribution point in Scotland for the last six years.
THE shocking scale of Scotland's multi million pound methadone industry can be revealed in the Daily Record today.
Denis and Patricia Houlihan own Scotland's top earning individual pharmacy for methadone dispensing.
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And many said they often took heroin at the same time as their legal fix.
Boots were handed 3,828,607 last year for methadone services. They claimed 20,815,537 over six years through their 267 Scots branches.
Many chemists who dispense methadone top up their earnings by supplying addicts with needles for injecting drugs.
Through their shop in deprived Possilpark, Glasgow, the couple were paid 856,255 between 2006 and 2011 through the programme. They claimed Omega Speedmaster 3513.30 134,762 from the premises last year alone.
But addicts we interviewed said they had been left on methadone for decades without being offered any rehabilitation.
We made repeated attempts to contact the Houlihans for comment but received no response.
to dish out the heroin substitute.
Irishman Mr Houlihan owns another seven pharmacies, many of which are in addiction hotspots in Glasgow.
Through their 11 Glasgow pharmacies, they have claimed 1,680,319 in the last six years for methadone services. Their shop on Glasgow's Cumbernauld Road alone claimed 97,270 for methadone services last year.
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More than 1,508,270 cash has been paid to him for methadone services in the last six years.
There are 22,000 people on the methadone programme. The Scottish Government couldn't tell us how many addicts were drug free as a result ofthe programme.
Methadone is supposed to wean addicts off heroin. But, as we revealed on Saturday, it was linked to a record 275 of 584 drug deaths in Scotland last year. Heroin, by comparison, played a part in 206 deaths.
When we contacted the father of five for comment, he referred us to trade body Community Pharmacy Scotland.
Heroin addicts are supposed to give up illegal drugs in order to be accepted on to the methadone programme.
the 36million a year business and the extraordinary sums of public money paid to them have been kept secret by the NHS until now.
60 per cent of the cash they are paid is made up of their handling fee for the drug and their charges for dishing it out to addicts.
But they continue to dish out cash on the treatment and pharmacists continue to rake it in.
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