ADDICTION CAN DESTROY HUMAN BEING’S
'Share Drug Facts to Save Lives' is the theme of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking this year 2021
GUWAHATI JUNE 26: June 26 every year is observed as International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking or World Drug Day to create awareness about issues related to drugs and seek international cooperation to combat its effects on health, society, and governance.According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the motive is to combat misinformation by sharing real facts on drugs from health risks and solutions for the world drug problem to evidence-based prevention, treatment, and care.
The day in the month June 26 was chosen by the UN General Assembly, on December 7, 1987, as International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by its resolution 42/112. The Assembly made the decision to observe this day as an resolution to make international society free of drug abuse.
Around 275 million people used drugs globally in the last year. Over 36 million people suffered from drug use disorders: 2021 World Drug Report, UNODC.Risein the use of cannabis during the pandemic has been reported by most countries.
- Non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs has also been observed in the same period.
- The latest global estimates say, about 5.5 per cent of the population between 15 and 64 years have used drugs at least once in the past year.
- 36.3 million people (13 per cent of the total number of persons who use drugs) suffer from disoder’s linked to drug abuse.
- Over 11 million people globally are estimated to inject drugs – half of them have Hepatitis C.
- Opioids continue to account for the largest burden of disease-linked to drug abuse.
- Drug markets have quickly resumed operations after the initial disruption when the COVID-19 pandemic started.
- There is a rise in larger shipments of illicit drugs and frequency of overland routes used for trafficking.
- Private planes are being increasingly used for drug trafficking, and even contactless methods have risen to deliver drugs.