Multi agency seminar to mark United Nations day against drug abuse & illicit trafficking

Multi agency seminar to mark United Nations day against drug abuse & illicit trafficking

In many countries, mostly young people become users and victim of drugs.

The worldwide community set a milestone in April 2016 when it declared a commitment and plan of action to counter the global drug problem – to be achieved by 2019.

The three areas where drug destruction ceremonies were held on Monday to commemorate the worldwide anti-drug day are Yangon, Mandalay and Shan state-south’s Taunggyi. Some 27 million people are problem drug users, nearly half of whom are people who inject drugs (PWID).

HEALTH experts have claimed that the adoption of the United States dollar in 2009 has caused a spike in drug abuse, as Zimbabwe was no longer just a transit route for the illegal substances, but now provided a ready market with hard currency.

Haryana’s minister of state for social justice and empowerment, Krishan Kumar, was speaking at a function on the occasion of the “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” here today.

This year’s World Drug Campaign theme – “Listen First: Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe” – is a philosophy embedded in the Truth About Drugs, the drug education and prevention initiative of the Church of Scientology.

Similarly, in his own message on the Day, Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), also recalled the commitments expressed at last year’s General Assembly special session and underscored the challenges that drug abuse and illicit trafficking pose to sustainable development.

“UNGASS was a ground-breaking moment that provided a detailed and forward-looking blueprint for action”.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and worldwide crime.

Despite continued and increased efforts by the global community, the world drug problem continues to constitute a serious threat to public health.