New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking is observed on June 26 every year to make people aware about drug use and the illegal drug trade as they are a disorientation among a majority of the youth. The International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking was first observed in the year 1989. Last year, the theme for International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking was "Health for Justice. Justice for Health" which highlighted that "justice and health are two sides of the same coin when it comes to addressing drug problems".

On this International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking, people across the world will devote a full day calling out drug abuse and the modes to neutralise the systemic challenges which sustain the illegal drug mess, for the 31st time.

Drug abuse does not necessarily include exploitative consumption of drugs such as cocaine, hallucinogens, cannabis, sedative-hypnotics and opiates, but also includes prescription medications such as painkillers, sleeping pills, and tranquillizers.

According to the World Drug Report 2017, released from the office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), about a quarter of a billion people used drugs at least once in 2015

History of the day

In December 1987, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) designated June 26 as International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. This day is also meant to commemorate Lin Zexu’s penultimate attacks for the decisive dismantling of the opium trade in Humen, Guangdong in China right before the First Opium War on the Chinese Mainland.

Significance of International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking 2020

The International Day against Drug abuse and Illicit trafficking is used to stimulate a sense of responsibility among the people across the world, especially among youngsters and teenagers, to stay away from the drug menace.

The events are organised throughout the world – in schools, colleges, workplaces, public spaces – to make people aware of the whole issue, and the dangers which subsequently gets disseminated by the mess of drugs and their usage by the people.

The UN activates its anti-drug abuse arm, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) across all its missions worldwide, to make spread awareness, urge the governments to avoid stimulating the Narco economy and to deal with the Illicit trafficking of drugs in the disguise of legal pharmaceutical businesses.

Posted By: Talib Khan