International Day against Drug abuse and Trafficking

By: Oshin Rao

Published On: June 26, 2019

In view of the growing menace and the deterioration of the quality of life the General Assembly at the United Nations, in December 1987 designated 26th June to be celebrated with effect as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. It is a heart-wrenching reality of the world where a human being’s sole aim is to harm another.  

The damages of drug abuse have gone far and beyond than the seemingly obvious consequences. Besides the deterioration of physical and mental capacity, it has caused adverse effects on the families of addicts as well.

Popular personalities, including Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Kemmu, and Sanjay Dutt, are backing the #DrugFreeIndia campaign, started by producer Mahaveer Jain. Sanjay Dutt posted on Instagram his reasons for supporting the #DrugFreeIndia campaign, saying, “I always wanted to do something to uproot drug addiction from India. The #DrugFreeIndia campaign is a step towards that! Because of my personal experiences, it’s a cause very close to my heart & I want to help the youth of our country.”

According to the WHO, Some 31 million people have drug use disorders. Almost 11 million people inject drugs. This is a whopping figure. WHO’s mandate in the area of psychoactive substance use includes:

  • Prevention and reduction of the negative health and social consequences of psychoactive substance use;

  • Reduction of the demand for non-medical use of psychoactive substances;

  • Assessment of psychoactive substances so as to advise the United Nations with regard to their regulatory control.

Bastar Samajik Jan Vikas Samiti is an NGO that works extensively to empower and mobilise the tribals on the outskirts of Chattisgarh. Back in 2000, a seven-member visionary youth group had the vision to empower and mobilise the tribals on the outskirts of Chattisgarh and put them on a path of self-reliance. Job skill training is provided to deviate people from the path of substance abuse and illegal activities. Here is their fundraiser which you can still contribute on and give a chance to the youth at a healthy, sustainable life.