Are your legal drugs illegal?

Answer: C - Japan

In Japan, penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs are strictly enforced. If you are carrying any prescription medication into Japan, bring a copy of the prescription. All medicines should be left in their original and labeled containers. If medication containing habit-forming drugs or narcotics is required, bring copies of prescriptions authorizing their possession and use. Drugs that are classified as stimulants, even with prescription, cannot be imported.

In addition, it is illegal to bring some medications to Japan that do not require a prescription in other countries. Examples include allergy/sinus medications, and medications that contain even trace amounts of stimulant drugs, such as Vicks inhalers and Sudafed. Japanese customs officials have detained and investigated persons carrying these items.

Prescriptions written outside Japan are not honored by Japanese pharmacies; you will need to locate a local physician to prescribe the medication for you.

Written by Michael Cadden,  SGMS-T, Managing Director


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