In an effort to strengthen its anti-drug programs and campaigns, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has submitted a budgetary appropriations request for next year amounting to 1.1 billion yen which is nearly 10 times higher than the amount requested for 2014.
Because the number of accidents and crimes related to "dangerous drugs" -- the new designation given by the government to what used to be called loophole drugs -- has continued to increase across Japan, the ministry is requesting that the capacity to analyze such drugs at research facilities across the country be increased by 10 times, TBS reported Wednesday.
If the budget is approved, the National Institute of Health Sciences will be provided with enough technology and manpower to process and analyze approximately 5,000 illegal substances a year, at its facilities, as well as outsourcing some work, a ministry spokesman said.
The extra funds will also be used to increase the number of inspectors needed to visit shops selling quasi-legal herbs.
The 1.1 billion yen request is part of a record-high 31.67 trillion yen budget sought by the health ministry for fiscal 2015.© Japan Today