The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed on June 26th each year to increase awareness regarding substance abuse and the negative consequences of illegal trafficking.
The International Conference on Drug Misuse and Illicit Trafficking adopted two significant documents on drug abuse and illicit trafficking on June 26th, 1987. The Conference proposed a whole day to recognise the significance of such a drug war. They chose June 26th to commemorate the abolition of the drug trade in Guangdong in 1839. Thus, on June 26th, 1989, the first official International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed.
According to every current World Substance Report, drug abuse diseases affect 35 million individuals globally. There are 53 million drug users. In 2017, over 585,000 people died as a result of drug addiction. Two-thirds of deaths were due to Opioids.
In addition, 11 million people worldwide took narcotics in 2017. As a result, approximately 1.4 million of these individuals have HIV. Hepatitis C affects approximately 5.6 million of them. Unfortunately, the severity and complication of the global drug problem are only worsening. Globally, diagnostic and intervention efforts continue to fall flat. Only one in every seven people suffering from a drug addiction receives the necessary treatment.
Illicit drug trafficking is likewise a major issue all over the world. This is attributable to the expanding illicit drug market in East Africa and across the African continent. Furthermore, numerous international flights, insufficient trafficking regulations, and corruption among customs personnel lead to more problems of illicit trafficking.
This day is becoming increasingly important as drug misuse and illicit trafficking are becoming more prominent.
Here’s how you can observe this important day:
This day is observed by countries, organisations, and individuals through social media campaigns, marches, and special programmes. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) also releases its yearly World Drug Assessment on this day.
* Start educating yourself and your children on the hazards of substances.
* Watch an opiate crisis documentary, such as Dr Feelgood or Understanding the Opioid Epidemic.
* Contribute to an addiction awareness charity, such as Angels at Risk, Shatterproof, etc.
* Share your thoughts with others if you already have overcome drug addiction.
* Reach out to people in your neighbourhood who are struggling with drug abuse.
Some of the best benefits of living a drug-free life:
You’ll feel more energised all through the day. You will spend less energy fretting about everything after you are totally detoxed and enjoying a healed life. Straightening out the past helps with an attitude adjustment, but so does acquiring a new outlook on life.
When you were using or drinking, the first and only thing that was regular was getting high and intoxicated. You made no effort to coordinate your lives. However, residing in a recovery facility allows you to focus on the balance required for successful rehabilitation. Daily structure and rituals can help you start the day off right, making you more efficient and happier.
Reach Daily Objectives
It is indeed easy to see why you’ll do more with more energy and solid normal activities and consistency. Being worry-free and knowing about your day will generally allow you to concentrate on the tasks at hand. Goal setting makes you feel more satisfied and boosts your self-esteem.
Improved Work Ethic
If you’re shooting on any and all engines, you have more to give your job and yourself. Getting the job done becomes a habit. You feel much better, more creative, and desire to do more for the community.
Your interactions with friends and family members will improve as your objectives and plans improve. You will begin regaining the damaged relationships. you will begin to feel better about yourself.
And that is everything you need to know about the International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.
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