Information About the Drug Abuse Prevention Center

Activities of the Center

 ●The Spread of the "No, Absolutely No!" Movement and the "No, Absolutely No!" Fundraising Campaign for the United Nations

 ●Drug Abuse Prevention Month (October-November)

 ●Training Course for Drug Abuse Prevention Leaders

 ●Training Course for Drug Abuse Prevention and Education

 ●Clinical Training Course on Drug Abuse

 ●Spreading Education Activities Through the Use of the Caravan Car

 ●Film Production

 ●Production and Distribution of Posters (Leaflets, Pamphlets, etc.)

 ●Advertising in Magazines, on Trains, and at Train Stations, etc.

 ●Distribution of a Supplementary Reader for Junior High School Students Commissioned by the Ministry of Health and Welfare

 ●Publication of the Center's Newsletter

  ●Japan International Cooperative Association (JICA) Seminar, Commissioned as an Effort to Provide Drug Education and Prevention Training Courses to the Asian Region

 ●Training Course on the Appropriate Use of Drug to Alleviate Chronic Pain in Cancer Patients













The Spread of the "No, Absolutely No!" Movement and the "No, Absolutely No!" Fundraising Campaign for the United Nations

 In response to the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, designated as June 26, and the United Nations Decade Against Drug Abuse (1991-2000), the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare, prefectural governments, and the Drug Abuse Prevention Center have sponsored the "No, Absolutely No!" Drug Abuse prevention Campaign. In addition, the Center is sponsoring a "No, Absolutely No!" Fundraising Campaign for U.N. Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) which is implemented during the month of prevention and education activities organized around June 26. This year, the one-month campaign, lasted from June 22 to July 21. In the days just before and after Sunday, June 13, 27,000 volunteers participated in activities for both the local campaign and the "No, Absolutely No!" UNDCP Fundraising Campaign in 560 locations across the country.

 In addition, on June 26, the professional soccer J-League participated in the campaign at each of their stadiums. At the same time, the campaign was implemented at professional baseball stadiums across the country. This year, in conjunction with the U.N. appointment of champion sumo wrestler Takanohana to be a Special Good Will Ambassador for the Eradication of Drug Abuse, the UNDCP Fundraising Campaign was also promoted at each sumo wrestling arena.

 The 1995, "No, Absolutely No!" UNDCP Fundraising Campaign Exceeded the previous year's contribution by raising 116,025,772 yen in donations, and the Center was able to donate a total of 500,000 U.S. dollars to the UNDCP. There were many requests for funding assistance from the 19 regional UNDCP officers in developing countries to UNDCP Executive Director Giorgio Giacomeli. As this project enters its fourth year, it is gaining international recognition, and, as a result, its value is clearly increasing.
 

Young Civic Ambassadors Visit Vienna to Deliver the "No, Absolutely No!" UNDCP Fundraising Campaign Contribution to the UNDCP Headquarters

 In 1995, in addition to the participants selected from seven different regions of the country, this year the group included one more young person who was chosen from among all of the prefectures for being extremely active in the fundraising effort. In all, eight Young Civic Ambassadors were designated. On March 18, after they attended a rally, they visited Prime Minister Hashimoto at the Prime Minister's Official Residence where they received words of thanks and encouragement from the Prime Minister. From March 19 to March 25, Young Civic Ambassadors visited Vienna.













Drug Abuse Prevention Month (October-November)

 Drug Abuse Prevention Month, sponsored by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the prefectural governments, is held every year. The campaign is aimed at the general public and began as a request for their cooperation and understanding toward the drug problem. It already has been implemented for close to 30 years. Since the Center was established, it has supported the campaign. The Center has supported with various funds the regional meeting established by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the prefectural governments and prefectural meetings established by the prefectural governments. Approximately half of the prefectural governments implement some type of event. In particular, the Center sponsors conferences that place around the Tokyo metropolitan area and organizes the "Yes to Life" Young Festival.

 To target youth in the Tokyo area, the Center has secured the participation of celebrities such as Tomomi Nishimura, a singer who is popular on TV and radio among young people and who acts the Center's celebrity spokesperson for the campaign. Our aim is to raise awareness of the drug abuse problem at these events by introducing it to young people for the first time through these popular role models.

 In addition, the Center produces posters, Leaflets, and telephone cards and distributes them to prefectural governments across the country.

The telephone card that is produced each year with Tomomi Nishimura's picture on it has became very popular. We have received approximately 50.000 requests for the card from across the country, and 400 are given away in a lottery drawing.













Training Course for Drug Abuse Prevention Leaders

 From among the promoters of stimulant and other drug abuse prevention campaigns who carry out regional activities, each prefectural government recommends 2-5 people to take part in a 2-day training session. The training session is held once a year, with the particular aim of training the leaders of regional activities. The Center covers all of the participation expenses for each region. Already, more than 1,000 leaders have received training and carrying out regional activities.













Training Course for Drug Abuse Prevention and Education

 In the center of the Tokyo metropolitan area, there are always participating teachers who are promoting drug abuse prevention education. This campaign is sponsored by the Center, supported by both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and autonomously administrated by a group of enthusiastic teachers. In 1993, the Ministry of Education adopted a general summary guide for drug education targeting junior high school students, and, at the beginning of the 1993 school year in April, drug education targeting high school students was implemented. The Center's Caravan Car and general drug abuse prevention activities are also a part of this effort.













Clinical Training Course on Drug Abuse

 Clinical doctors who are involved in the treatment of drug abuse across the country meet for a 5-day course that offers discussion, research, and training on problems related to drug abuse treatment. Approximately 90 medical specialists from across the country participate. Also, specialists who are involved in administration, from both the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), are members of a Japan-U.S. Conference. Representing Japan are researchers who specialize in the drug problem.













Spreading Education Activities Through the Use of the Caravan Car

 Although we have only one vehicle and limited time to ply the heart of the Tokyo metropolitan area, we are reaching half of the country's districts. Of course we reach the schools, but the Caravan Car is also requested for activities at regional health events and at the conferences and assemblies of the Lions Club, Rotary Club, and other organizations. Showing people, who previously thought that drug abuse had no connection to their lives, that it does, indeed, affect them can be considered the first step in results from this campaign.













Film Production

 Every year, the Center produces two films.

 The Center has produced a total of 23 films for use in everyday activities. All of the films produces by the DAPC are 20 minutes in length, and the films are produced with consideration as to their educational effect.













Production and Distribution of Posters (Leaflets, Pamphlets, etc.)

 In all, the Center has 42 different posters, leaflets and pamphlets.













Advertising in Magazines, on Trains, and at Train Stations, etc.

 Four time a year, the Center places ads in 20 different weekly magazines. Three times a year, the Center places poster ads inside train cars on main routes throughout Japan. Also three times a year, the Center places poster ads in major train stations across the country.













Distribution of a Supplementary Reader for Junior High School Students Commissioned by the Ministry of Health and Welfare

 The Center has distributed 400,000 copies of a 36-page booklet to junior high schools across Japan. So far, the Center has created nine installments of the Drug Abuse Prevention Supplementary, Let's Live Healthy Lives:

1. "Let's Live Healthy Lives"
2. "Drug Abuse and the Family" (Let's Live Healthy Lives: Part II)
3. "Learning About Examples of Drug Abuse" (Let's Live Healthy Lives: Part III)
4. "The Courage to Say 'No'" (Let's Live Healthy Lives: Part IV)
5. "The Courage to Say 'No'" Let's Live Healthy Lives: Part V)
6. "The Basic of Drug Abuse Prevention from Dr. 'No, Absolutely No!'" (Let's Live Healthy Lives: Part VI)
7. "The Basic of Drug Abuse Prevention from Dr. 'No, Absolutely No!'" (Let's Live Healthy Lives: Part VII)
8. "No, absolutely No!' A High School Student's Journal" (Let's Live Healthy Lives: Part VIII)
9. "Passport to the 21st Century" (Let's Live Healthy Lives: Part IX)













Publication of the Center's Newsletter

 The Center published a quarterly newsletter with a circulation of 36,000. It is distributed free of charge to related agencies and organizations.













Japan International Cooperative Association (JICA) Seminar, Commissioned as an Effort to Provide Drug Education and Prevention Training Courses to the Asian Region

 Beginning in 1995, drug education and prevention leaders from 11 countries in the Asian region will be invite to Tokyo for a 30-day visit for the purpose of research and training. This project will continue over the next five years.













Training Course on the Appropriate Use of Drug to Alleviate Chronic Pain in Cancer Patients

 This training course is held in four locations across Japan and targets doctors, pharmacists, and people in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Approximately 8,000 participants have received training. Recently, there has been a growing trend to abuse drug, such as pshchotropic drugs and the like, which are used for treatment in the alleviation of chronic pain. The purpose of the course is to prevent drug abuse by disseminating information on the effects of these drug treatments and how to apply them appropriately.