The Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Saturday held an event at Shinjuku Station to promote public awareness of the dangers of using hallucinogenic herbs or so-called loophole drugs.
A senior police official spoke to about 300 officers and members of a local citizens' groups about the dangers of "dappo haabu," as the loophole drugs are called in Japanese, Fuji TV reported. The volunteers then handed out flyers, along with tissues and fans to commuters, as part of the campaign to raise public awareness.
Police say the Shinjuku area has as many as 60 stores selling the herbs.
According to the National Police Agency, since June 24, there have been nine traffic accidents attributed to drivers inhaling the herbs in Tokyo, Yamanashi, Hyogo, Aichi and Miyagi prefectures, resulting in two deaths and 10 injuries.© Japan Today