Published By: Nibandh Vinod
Last Updated: June 26, 2023, 06:40 IST
INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING 2023: The observance of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26 aims to raise awareness about the harmful impact of drug abuse and illegal trading. This day brings attention to the negative effects of drug abuse on individuals, families, and communities.
INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING: HISTORY
In December 1987, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to establish the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The first observance took place on June 26, 1988. The main objective of this day is to encourage individuals and communities to take action against drug abuse and illegal trafficking.
The inaugural International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was organized under the theme ‘Think Health, Not Drugs’. The day witnessed various activities such as rallies, walks, and projects. Over time, its significance has spread globally, with many countries actively participating in the observance.
INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING: SIGNIFICANCE
The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of substance addiction and to promote actions against drug abuse and illegal trading.
The day highlights the negative impact of drug abuse and emphasizes the importance of drug abuse education and prevention efforts.
Furthermore, the day focuses on combating the illegal drug trade, which fuels crime and undermines the rule of law. It serves as a platform for promoting international cooperation in the fight against the global problem of drugs.
INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING: THEME
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) announces the theme for each year’s observance, which serves as a focal point for events and discussions. The theme for 2023 is ‘People first: Stop stigma and discrimination, strengthen prevention’, acknowledging the complex issue of drugs and aiming to combat stigma and promote prevention efforts.
The main objectives of the 2023 mission are:
- To raise awareness about the impacts of stigma and discrimination on individuals using drugs.
- To promote voluntary services for people who use drugs.
- To educate people about drug use, available treatments, and the importance of support.
- To combat stigma and discrimination by promoting respectful and non-judgmental language.
- To encourage young individuals to prevent drug use and addiction.
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