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The number of distributors exploiting loopholes to legally sell products similar to illegal narcotics soared to 389 across 29 prefectures as of March 31, a jump of more than 80 percent since mid-January, according to a recent health ministry survey.

Though similar to illegal drugs, the products’ chemical composition is slightly altered to enable distributors to skirt current laws and sell them both over the counter and online.

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