International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking - 26 June.

Every year on June 26th, the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking raises awareness about drug abuse and the negative repercussions of illicit trafficking.

According to the most recent World Drug Report, 35 million people worldwide suffer from drug abuse disorders. The number of opioid users is 53 million. In 2017, about 585,000 people died from drug use. Opioids caused two-thirds of these deaths.

As drug abuse and illicit trafficking become more prevalent, this day becomes more important.

On June 26th, 1987, the International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking adopted two important texts about drug abuse and illicit trafficking. The Conference recommended a day to observe the importance of the battle against drugs. They chose June 26th as the date commemorating the dismantling of the opium trade in Guangdong in 1839. Thus, the first official International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was held on June 26th, 1989.

In this year, with the #CareInCrises campaign, UNODC is calling on governments, international organizations, civil society, and all stakeholders to take urgent action to protect people, including by strengthening drug use prevention and treatment, and by tackling illicit drug supply.

“Addressing drug challenges in health and humanitarian crises” is the theme for 2022’s celebration of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Source: www.un.org



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