75% of schoolchildren against use, possession of quasi-legal drugs: poll


Only 13 percent of about 6,000 junior high and high school students in and around Tokyo think the use of “dappo habu” (quasi-legal drugs) is a matter of individual freedom, a poll showed Tuesday.

Quasi-legal drugs are substances that are chemically similar in composition to banned narcotics but technically legal at present, and the abuse of such drugs among young people has become a social issue.

In the Japan Drug Measurement Association poll, 13.2 percent of the respondents said it is up to individuals to decide whether to use those drugs, while 0.6 percent, or 37 respondents, said they had tried them.

Nao Mazaki, an association official, pointed to the low awareness on how quasi-legal drugs can harm one’s health, and stressed the urgent need for the central and local governments to step up programs to disseminate information about them.

The association, the Japan branch of the U.S.-based Foundation for a Drug-Free World, carried out the survey between September and December at six high schools and 11 junior high schools in Tokyo as well as in Saitama and Kanagawa prefectures. A total of 6,150 students, or 3,074 at high schools and 3,076 at junior high schools, responded.

In the multiple-reply survey, 75.4 percent said it is bad to possess or use these quasi-legal drugs, 5.7 percent said their use is not bad if not banned, while 7.1 percent said it is bad to use them but not to possess them.

  • Ron NJ

    What these results really say:
    24.6% of students did not get the education ministry’s message that “drugs are bad, zettai.”,5.7% were actually able to think about the situation rationally, and 7.1% had such a poor understanding of logic that they managed to say that use but not possession is bad.
    More than anything this article is a damning report on education here.

    • Masa Chekov

      You do realize that children disagreeing with your viewpoint does not mean they are unable to think for themselves? Plenty of rational people are opposed to the use of these substances.

      You don’t have to agree with their opinion but you should respect their opinion without insulting them.

  • asit54.saha@gmail.com

    The above news is really alarming.If the Government, along with the collaboration of the conscious and benevolent people of Japan fails to combat the problem ,a great number of future citizens will be spoiled.