Islamabad: The United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking will be observed on June 26 each year aims to raise awareness of the major problem drugs abuse and trafficking represent to society.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has‚ over the years‚ been actively involved in launching campaigns to mobilize support for drug control. The UNODC often teams up with other organizations and encourages people in society to actively take part in these campaigns. According to the UNODC‚ nearly 200 million people are using illicit drugs such as cocaine‚ cannabis‚ hallucinogens‚ opiates and sedative hypnotics worldwide.
In December 1987 the UN General Assembly decided to observe June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The UN was determined to help create an international society free of drug abuse. This resolution recommended further action with regard to the report and conclusions of the 1987 International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The declaration expresses UN members’ commitment to fighting the problem.