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International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking

  • Posted on- Jun 27, 2017
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Addiction to drug, mainly among the youth is the most dangerous and fast growing addiction. This addiction break many families, take away hopes and dreams from youths and bring unmanageable darkness to the life of the youths along with their parents. International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking is the day to increase the prevention of illegal trading of the drug, and create awareness among the children's and youths to the harmful effects of drug and as an expression of its determination to strengthen, action and cooperation to achieve the goal of society free of drug abuse. Every year there are certain themes taken on this international day, the theme for 2017 is "Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe"

The day is observed by United Nations. It is observed annually on 26 June, since 1988 a date chosen to commemorate Lin Zexu's dismantling of the opium trade in Humen, Guangdong, just before the First Opium War in China. Illegal drug trade is estimated at nearly 1% of the total global trade. In 2003, the illegal global trade market is US$321.6 billion, with a world GDP of US$ 36 trillion in the same year. Consumption of illegal drug is widespread globally.

The illegal drug trade is a global black market dedicated to the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of drugs that are subject to drug prohibition laws. Most jurisdictions prohibit trade, except under license, of many types of drugs through the use of drug prohibition laws. Most of the consumed drugs worldwide are illegal drug traded by different countries. The nexus between drugs, crime and terrorism and reveals a shifting pattern of relationships. To use just one example, terrorists and non-state armed groups profit from the drug trade. By some estimates, up to 85 per cent of opium cultivation in Afghanistan occurs in Taliban-influenced territory. As new threats appear, including spreading methamphetamine and new psychoactive substances, old ones continue to thrive. Business models are evolving too, with cybercrime and the darknet increasingly playing a role.

Drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. The initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, but repeated drug use can lead to brain changes that challenge an addicted person's self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take drugs. These brain changes can be persistent, which is why drug addiction is considered a "relapsing" disease-people in recovery from drug use disorders are at increased risk for returning to drug use even after years of not taking the drug.

It can be difficult to relapse and quit drug, but will power and strength can be the solution to both. This 26 June let's try to quit drugs and try to minimize the consumption of illegal drug and trading of illegal drugs.

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