Police held a drug abuse prevention event in the Roppongi area Wednesday after it was revealed that last year the number of illegal drugs confiscated in the area had increased by 255 kilograms from 2008.
As celebrity drug busts made the news one after another, officials are worried about the effect on young people. According to police, the number of cases of marijuana cultivation found inside people's houses has particularly increased. Isao Watanabe, head of the Azabu Police Station, pointed out that, "Marijuana, which is said to be a gateway drug, has spread to both young people and adults."
Around 200 local people participated in the Roppongi event, which featured a demonstration of a drug-sniffing dog's ability to detect marijuana.© News reports