Japanese chemistry professor made his students produce MDMA in ‘Breaking Bad’-style lessons

A university professor is being investigated after allegedly getting his students to produce ecstasy in a Breaking Bad-style lesson.

The 61-year-old pharmacology professor at Matsuyama University in western Japan is suspected of instructing students to make MDMA in 2013, according to Kyodo News agency.

It is also believed he may have made another drug known as 5F-QUPIC around January to February 2018.

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The professor allegedly claimed he chose to set the task for academic purposes to help his students’ “learning”.

It is suspected eleven former students were involved in producing the drug, the news agency reported.

The case, which also involves an assistant professor, is said to have been passed from the regional drug enforcement authority to prosecutors.

Tatsuya Mizogami, president of the university, “sincerely apologised” to students and parents.

Case of Japanese university professor has echoes of Walter White in Breaking Bad 

Based on Japanese law, a researcher must obtain a licence from regional government authorities to make narcotics for academic research.

The professor is understood to have been carrying out research into drugs that cause hallucinations or have a stimulant effect.

MDMA is a synthetic psychoactive drug, commonly used in party drug ecstasy, which is taken to give a heightened sensation of energy, empathy and pleasure.

5F-QUPIC, also known as 5F-PB-22, is a designer cannabis-like drug.

The case of the Matsuyama University professor has echoes of the fictitious character of Walter White in US TV series Breaking Bad.

White, played by actor Bryan Cranston, is a former chemistry teacher who begins making and selling methamphetamine to secure his family’s financial future after learning he has inoperable lung cancer.



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