National / Crime & Legal Mar 5, 2015

Cases of quasi-legal drugs hit a new high

Police last year recorded 706 cases involving quasi-legal drugs, a more than five-fold increase since 2013. The figure represented an all-time high since comparable data became available in 2008. The surge is partly attributable to recent moves to tighten control over what officials currently refer to ...

National Sep 19, 2014

'Dappo' drugs have sent over 4,400 to hospitals since 2009: survey

A total of 4,469 people were taken to hospitals in connection with so-called quasi-legal drugs from January 2009 to June this year, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Friday. In the first survey of its kind, the agency collected reports from regional emergency services ...

68 stores undergo 'dappo' drug checks in Tokyo

National / Crime & Legal Jul 10, 2014

68 stores undergo 'dappo' drug checks in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Thursday inspected 68 outlets known for selling "dappo" (loophole) drugs, which are not technically illegal but cause effects similar to illegal drugs. The inspections came after a revised ordinance took effect July 1 to prevent the abusive use of quasi-legal ...