A father forced his own son, 12, to take a potentially lethal dose of methadone so he could give him a urine sample that would fool a drugs-testing assessment.
James Major, 40, threatened to break his sons legs if he told anyone after crushing the heroin substitute tablets into his blackcurrant juice.
After taking the methadone the boy fell down some stairs and ended up groggy and lethargic in hospital, a court heard.
Major even tried to cover up what he had done and claimed his son was milking it.
Major, of Brereton Avenue, Cleethorpes, admitted child cruelty on December 3.
He was jailed for four years after putting his sons life and welfare in jeopardy.
Methadone is potentially life-threatening as it can cause heart attacks and stop people breathing.
Fortunately, the boy made a full physical recovery.
Nigel Clive, prosecuting, said that Major crushed one or two tablets into a cup of blackcurrant juice and asked his son to drink it.
The tablets were heroin-substitute methadone and a sedative drug. The boy was reluctant but Major insisted and also asked him to provide a urine sample.
His son at first refused but Major cajoled him by calling him his mate and offering him money.
He later shouted at the boy, who felt forced to take the drugs and urinate into a bottle.
Major threatened to break his legs if he told anyone and said that his son would be nothing to him.
He left the house but the boy later fell downstairs and was found sprawled at the bottom of them. He was very unsteady on his feet.
His next memory was waking up feeling groggy in hospital. He still felt unwell several days later.
Major went for an assessment at a drugs agency and went to the toilet, seemingly to provide a urine sample.
He needed to be able to test negative for opiates and crack cocaine to qualify for a course of treatment he wanted.
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