Narcotic designation decided for 4 drugs
News On Japan via Yomiuri -- Jun 19
The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry will designate four types of regulated drugs as narcotics in an effort to clamp down on hallucinogens and quasi-legal drugs sold as legal herbs, according to ministry officials.
This is the first such designation in four years.
However, the health ministry plans to make designations at least once a year, and impose a blanket regulation on drugs that have similar effects with slightly different ingredients, the officials said.
The four types of drugs--JWH-018, cannabicyclohexanol, MDPV and mephedrone--will be classified as narcotics, probably in August.
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