|Information About the Drug Abuse Prevention Center
The Current State of Drug Abuse and the Aims of the Center's Establishment
The abuse of drugs, including narcotics, stimulants and solvents, has
immeasurable ill effects, going beyond simple damage to lives and bodies
of the user to breaking up homes, disrupting schools, workplaces and society,
and sapping the nation's vitality.
In Japan, drug dealing is estimated to contribute more than \ 700 billion
annually to the revenues of organized crime, The Violent Organizations
Control Law was enacted in March 1992, but now a new problem is emerging.
As a result of the suppression of illegal and dishonest economic activity
and its boycott by people from all walks of life, there has been an increasing
trend in illegal activity in the field of narcotics ( stimulants ) dealing.
In particular, there is no sign of a decline in the abuse of stimulants
and solvents. Rather the trend is for its spread in the younger age groups,
and the spread of cocaine from the Colombian cartels has reached crisis
level. At the same time, the number of Japanese traveling abroad has exceeded
10 million people per year, and drug abuse is rising together with the
increase in international interaction. Furthermore, Japan itself is being
targeted for smuggling, so the menace drug abuse is advancing.
Since the 1980s the abuse of drugs, such as heroine and cocaine, has
been spreading virulently, and the amounts confiscated have been growing
constantly. Comparing 1990 with 1980, heroin has increased tenfold and
cocaine 28-fold, demonstrating a phenomenal level of abuse and presenting
a threat to mankind. There are well over 50 million drug abusers worldwide,
and the range of drugs abused is broadening. Drug abuse is a deepeing
social problem with ill effects ranging from the mental and physical harm
before our eyes to the international level, with damage to nations, terrorism
against leading figures and supply of arms to leftist guerrilla groups
etc. being carried out by major drug-dealing organizations.
The United Nations Extraordinary General Meeting on Narcotics was held
in February 1990 against this unfavorable background. It adopted a resolution
declaring the 10 years from 1991-2000 as the "United Nations Decade Against
Drug Abuse " with the aim of achieving the eradication of narcotics abuse
by the year 2000 through the cooperation of all nations.
Yearly summits (conferences of the heads of the G7 nations) also deliberate
on greater efforts for problem solving through international cooperation
aimed at the eradication of drug abuse.
In Japan the Narcotics Drug Control Law has been revised to include
psychotropic substances, and two narcotics law have been enacted and a
succession of measures have been taken to hinder the expansion of the
The fundamental policy to solve the problem of drug abuse is to strengthen
controls aimed at rooting out drug dealing and to promote preventive education
to nip the problem in the bud.
The most important factor for this purpose is the diffusion of accurate
information on drug abuse, that is to say information which will make
clear the public the frightening physical and mental effects of this abuse
and which will build a climate of public opinion that will not tolerate
Activities for preventive education must obtain the broad understanding
and cooperation of the public at all levels, working through national
and regional government in conjunction with many volunteer and civil groups.
This will form the basis of a far more effective campaign.
With this in mind, the Drug Abuse Prevention Center was established,
on approval of the Japanese Cabinet in January 1987, with the aim of promoting
join civil and government educational activities for the prevention of
drug abuse. The Center is fulfilling its central role through disseminating
accurate information on drug abuse prevention with the aim of building
a social enviroment with zero tolerance for drugs.