Information About the Drug Abuse Prevention Center

Activities of the Center

[Outline of Activities]

(Activities supporting the "United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Drug Abuse")
 * "No, absolutely No!" publicity campaign and "No, Absolutely No!" U.N. Fundraising Campaign.
(June 22-July 21)
 * October-November nationwide Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign
(October Drug and Health Week)

 ●Dissemination of Accurate Knowledge of the Effects of Drug Abuse in the Mental and Physical health of Abusers Awareness Raising

 ●Cooperation with Awareness Campaign Carried Out by the National, Prefectural and Local governments and Non-governmental Organizations

 ●Surveys and Research on Drug Abuse

 ●Grants for Scientific Research on Drug Abuse

 ●International Cooperation Activities

 ●Publication of Newsletters

 ●Publication of Books for Drug Abuse Prevention and Education

Dissemination of Accurate Knowledge of the Effects of Drug Abuse in the Mental and Physical health of Abusers Awareness Raising

1) The Center plans and develops effective posters, pamphlets, leaflets, panels, and other materials to raise awareness, according to publicity targets, and supplies these materials to relevant cooperating organizations which conduct awareness-raising activities.
2) The Center produces audio-visual materials (16 mm films and video tapes) which suit each target groups, such as youth, adults drug dependents, and leaders of awareness campaigns, and distributes them to relevant cooperating organizations.
3) The Center places publicity materials for the general public in a variety of media, such as magazine and columns, railway station ad boards, hanging ad space in trains, and newspaper ad columns.
4) The Center invites specialists in psychiatry, addiction, psychology, etc., awareness campaigners, and other events which spread knowledge about drug abuse.


Cooperation with Awareness Campaign Carried Out by the National, Prefectural and Local governments and Non-governmental Organizations

1) The "No, Absolutely No!" publicity campaign and U.N. Fundraising Campaign are carried out to support the "United Nations Decade Against Drug Abuse".
2) The Center gives assistance to all kinds of gathering during Drug Abuse Prevention Month (October-November) which are carried out by national and regional public organizations. These include Ministry if Health and Welfare regional assemblies (6-7 regions nationwide) and prefectural assemblies (around 20 locations).
3) The Center cooperates with relevant organizations by supplying awareness campaign improvement materials, by introducing and dispatching specialists, by securing space, and by providing domestic and overseas information, and other services.
4) Training sessions are carried out to educate advisers on how to promote educational activities in regional communities.
5) Training session are carried out for drug addiction counselors.
6) Training session are carried out for advisers on how to promote preventive education against drug abuse.


Surveys and Research on Drug Abuse

1) The Center conducts surveys on the general public awareness of drug abuse control.
2) The Center conducts surveys on the status of and countermeasures for drug abuse in foreign countries.
3) The Center collects and analyzed basic and clinical research information on drug abuse at home and abroad.


Grants for Scientific Research on Drug Abuse

1) The Center offers grants for research by specialists who are active in various fields related to drug abuse.


International Cooperation Activities

1) The Center exchanges, information, and materials for awareness campaigns, with foreign non-government education and prevention organizations (East and South Asia IFNGO)
2) The Center attends international conferences hosted by non-governmental organizations (such as Parents Resource Institution for Drug Education in the U.S. PRIDE)
3) A Japan-U.S. Symposium is held with the joint sponsorship of the American NGO "PRIDE"


Publication of Newsletters

The Center issues newsletters, which contain up-to-date scientific findings on drug abuse control and reports on the status of awareness campaigns, and distributes them to the relevant agencies and organizations, in order to reinforce the mutual links.


Publication of Books for Drug Abuse Prevention and Education

The Center publishes comic books, law and legislations, reports, and other materials.