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Pubdate: Tue, 02 Nov 1999
Source: Japan Times (Tokyo)
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Copyright: © 1999 Japan Times
Website: http://www.japantimes.co.jp

Tokyo bans 'legal drug' products

The Tokyo metropolitan government's Public Health Bureau on Monday ordered retailers in Minato Ward and Chiyoda Ward to halt sales of 10 products -- so-called "legal drugs" -- sold at adult-goods stores and through the Internet, because they contain unlawful components.

The products, which range from leather cleaners, air fresheners and video cleaners, have been advertised on the Internet and in magazines as giving pleasurable highs if taken orally or inhaled. Sold at anywhere between ¥ 1500 to ¥ 14,000, they are called "legal" because the law does not forbid possession or use of the products.

But public health officials tested 35 products on the market as of June and found that 10 contained unlawful substances.

Japan Times
1999.11.02

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