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hmm, she could get the same medicine should she went to the hospital but wait she has no insurance yet...tricky

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hmm, she could get the same medicine should she went to the hospital but wait she has no insurance yet...tricky

No she couldn't, Adderall is illegal in Japan.

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This article leaves out a lot of details. According to previous articles, her mother sent the pills to her when she was still living in Korea and then Russell sent them to herself with other belongings to Japan. Also that they were in a Tylenol bottle, without any information to show they were legally prescribed in the U.S. (such info wouldn't change the fact they are illegal in Japan but would at least have looked like a more innocent mistake as opposed to willfull smuggling). Hope this serves as a reminder/warning to others that it is the traveler's responsibility to learn the rules of their intended destination and abide by them. Russell is very lucky she wasn't sent to trial.

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WHY would someone downvote Educator60's comment?

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English teacher, ADD? Scary.

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Japan's draconian drug laws.

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i have my custom made toupees imported and no problem yet with the vindictive wig industry here...

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Is this drug "illegal", or has it not been approved by the Ministry of Health? If it has not been approved, there is a system whereby individuals can import the drug from, for example, the US for individual use. You just have to file a little paperwork. A US employee needed it for a cancer drug, which he got with no problems. I don't know the details of the system.

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Each individual is responsible for knowing and following the laws where they live. No excuses.

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poor girl, now she'll need to add to her list of psychopharmaceuticals stuff for post traumatic stress and probably depression.

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I don't believe she innocently had drugs shipped to her and didn't know better. She knew this was illegal in Japan and tried to hide them by putting them in a different container.

She's very, very lucky to get away with such a small stint in detention.

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must be a well-connected White family to get that kind of political response to a clear legal violation. us plebes would have to make our own way,,,

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Not to mention that Ryssell's father is an attorney and her mother, being a doctor, should have known better than to mislabel the drugs she was sending to another country. Regardless of whether one thinks a country's laws are draconian or whatever, it behooves one to do a simple Internet check to determine whether there may be unpleasant consequences (such as incarceration or death penalty) for bringing in or using drugs. Or ignore this fact of life if you wish and be prepared to suffer the consequences. People who feel the laws are unjust are free to lobby the government for change.

Turbotsat, thanks :-). As the votes aren't visible on my iPhone view I seldom give them a thought though.

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Yeah, it is illegal in Japan, but do you know why? It was an abused drug in the post war era and nearly everybody was chowing down on it like candy. It was an 'over the counter' medication. So, in the ultimate wisdom of the Japanese government, instead of controlling it distribution by making it a prescription drug they totally banned it and any medications containing it. It is a very useful drug, especially in the treatment of colds and flu. It's also good for hangovers. Japanese cold and flu medications are useless! Most of the ones I have tried just make you feel worse. The laws for this drug should be updated and it should be available by prescription for cold, flu and allergy sufferers.

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@Disillusioned the validity of those outdated policies aside, she still knew that it was illegal, instead of just sending them normally, and play the i didn't know card.

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I think that she is very lucky to have gotten off as easy as she did. If ignorance of Japanese law was really the case, then shame on her for not bothering to look it up. If she willingly knew - even worse.

Adderall is to my knowledge one of the most commonly prescribed drugs for ADD. If it is illegal in Japan, what is the most common Japanese medication for treatment of it? Or is it just another mental disorder that is just swept under the carpet and ignored?

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Amidalism- There is no ADD in Japan.

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"There is no ADD in Japan." True, as there isn't in America either. Japan does not buy into the Neo Liberal made up diseases that America indulges in. Good for big pharma though.

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"There is no ADD in Japan." True, as there isn't in America either. Japan does not buy into the Neo Liberal made up diseases that America indulges in. Good for big pharma though.

Spot on, my friend.

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I don't know why you think it's a liberal thing. I'm as big a liberal as it gets, and I think ADD is a myth as well. Same with my other liberal friends who are teachers.

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There are legal ways to get ADHD medications in Japan, but the requirements for getting them are notoriously strict and rigid. Currently, the only two drugs currently available are Ritalin and Strattera, and even these are only available to children newly diagnosed with ADHD prior to their 18th birthday. So, if you're an adult diagnosed with ADHD while in Japan, you're out of luck. Adderall, btw, still remains entirely prohibited, as Justin pointed out, no matter how much paperwork you fill out.

In the meantime, it's unquestionable that Japan's drug laws can be ridiculously harsh. I won't even get into discussing the absurd amount ADD drugs one would need to create even a gram of useable methamphetamine, not to mention how much higher the cost of using prescription ADHD drugs, as opposed to far more readily accessible over-the-counter meds, would drive up the street price of the illegal byproduct. In other words, the likelihood that Ms. Russell was seeking to be a newly minted Walter White is almost nil.

However, the degree of arrogance and stupidity required to try and to pull one over on Japanese customs by very obviously sneaking even a legitimate drug prescription into Japan is mind-staggering. There isn't a company or organization in Japan that doesn't provide detailed training to newly hired foreign teachers that warns of precisely this scenario. In fact, I can all but guarantee this woman's case will be quickly incorporated into training literature for the upcoming spring batch of new hires this month as a "teachable moment."

Glad this woman was finally released, but a lot of stress and hand-wringing could have been avoided, and the girl's nascent adventure as an ALT in Japan could have been saved if she had applied even a modicum of comon sense.

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American Lip Balm is illegal here too. Learn the laws kids.

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It really seems like she tried to pull a fast one, and got bailed out because she's affluent, pretty, and white. Tale as old as time. Lucky she didn't try it in Singapore or other places in Asia that are even more zero tolerance about messing with their drug laws.

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This is one thing that would change with the adoption of the TPP. In a few years this would have never been news.

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Correction: "Not to mention that Ryssell's father" should have been "Not to mention Russell's step-father"

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I know lawyers in tokyo who take that to improve mental acuity,,, the likelihood of getting your carry on searched seems low so they bring it in that way I guess...

ADD may be linked to the massive amount of sugar kids eat in the states every day.

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must suck to be a Japanese dude/gal with ADD then..that's the go-to treatment. They could also help alleviate all the allergies by simply approving more antihistamines like Benadryl..instead of letting silly masks dominate the day.

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American Lip Balm is illegal here too. Learn the laws kids.

Which ones? I often see Carmex and Blistex her

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@uniden, once again your wisdom and that of your half black, puerto rican buddy whom you so fondly speak of shines through. Hey Koolaid!

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I don't know why you think it's a liberal thing. I'm as big a liberal as it gets, and I think ADD is a myth as well. Same with my other liberal friends who are teachers.

It is not a myth, ADD is without a doubt over diagnosed but that was mainly because there wasn't really a way to physically test someone if they have it. Although there still isn't a physical test that will prove beyond a doubt that you have ADD that is very strong evidence that has been building over the past few decades that ADD/ADHD is a brain development "defect" in that the frontal cortex or frontal lobe of the brain develops more slowly or completely stops developing prematurely compared to people who do not have it.

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So--does clinical depression exist in Japan? I know it's real because I know a young girl who has suffered from it since the age of 13. And it is VERY real. I wish it were imaginary.

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