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Monday, 18th June 2012
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Japanese health ministry tightens 'legal high' laws

The government in Japan has announced a crack down on so-called 'legal highs' by reclassifying four kinds of drugs as illegal narcotics.

By August, the herbal and synthetic classes of drugs, which are widely sold in unregulated stores across Japan, will be made illegal and subject to the same legal guidelines as traditional narcotics.

As well as designating new classifications to the four kinds of drugs, the ministry has also published plans to regularly assess new quasi-legal drugs and re-designate their status where appropriate, Jiji Press reported.

The first four drugs to be reclassified are mephedrone, MDPV, JWH-018 and cannabicyclohexanol.

There will also be widespread regulation implemented to control the sale of drugs which have the same effects but are made from different components.

This will help close the loophole which allows black-market chemists to subtly alter the chemical ingredients of a substance to create a new drug that has not yet had regulatory guidance passed on its legality.

Written by Susan Ballion