The Comparison of the Controlled Drugs Management in Taiwan and Japan
Drug of abuse is a growing problem worldwide. Narcotic drugs, psychoactive substances are the major substances of abuse, because of the dependence tendency, potential for abuse and social harm, most countries have adopted strong management measures. However, some of these drugs have medical use for pain control and insomnia thus only in misuse and abuse can do harm. The “Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act” was promulgated on May, 20 1998 to manage drugs with no medical usage. According to the second article of the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act, narcotics and its products, psychoactive substances and its products for medical and scientific purposes are regulated according to a separate law. On June 2, 1999, the “Controlled Drugs Act” was promulgated accordingly. This article compares the laws and regulations in the management of these drugs between Taiwan and Japan.