International Day against Drug and Illicit Trafficking

26 Jun 2018  Tue

The United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking falls on June 26 every year. Observance of this day aims to raise awareness to fight against the substance abuse as well as the unlawful trade of drugs.

This day was first observed by the UN General Assembly in 1987. Each year the Office on Drugs and Crime chooses a new theme to promote. The theme for 2018 is: ‘Listen First-Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe’.

Drug abuse or drug addiction is a psychiatric, social and psychological problem that not only affects the youth of the entire world but affects a large area of people of different age. It ruins the individuals and the society in manifolds- socially, physically, culturally, emotionally and economically. Acting on the brain of the living, the drug spawns a broad range of disorders like fear, anxiety and a sense of insecurity in them.

Though the drug issue might seem to be almost impossible to eradicate, there exist many concrete actions which can be undertaken to reduce the impact of this menace over our society. The threat from drugs is too large to be ignored. We must take immediate actions to safeguard our society. Drug addiction is a draconian demon that can hold upon our society.

We must never forget that a thousand mile journey never happens at one go, it takes little efforts each day.

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