The United Nations‘ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking falls on June 26 every year. It is to bring issues to light about illegal drugs. This day is upheld by people, communities and different associations everywhere throughout the world.
As the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) indicated, about 200 million individuals are utilizing illegal drugs. It includes cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative-hypnotics around the world. In December 1987 the UN General Assembly chose to observe June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The UN was resolved to help make a universal society liberated from tranquilize misuse. This resolution prescribed further activity as to the report and conclusions of the 1987 International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Following the resolution, the years 1991 to 2000 were proclaimed as the “United Nations Decade Against Drug Abuse”. In 1998 the UN General Assembly embraced a political assertion to address the worldwide drugs issue. The announcement communicates UN individuals’ responsibility to battling the issue.
The UNODC has, throughout the years, been effectively associated with propelling efforts to assemble support for drugs control. The UNODC frequently collaborates with different associations. It urges individuals in the public arena to effectively participate in these campaigns
Governments, associations and people in numerous nations, including Vietnam, Borneo and Thailand take steps. They have effectively taken an interest in promotional occasions and large scale exercises, like, public meetings and broad communications. It aims to promote the awareness of risks related to illicit drugs.
The theme of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2020 is, “Better Knowledge for Better Care.”
The current year’s theme targets improving the comprehension of the world drugs issue. At encouraging more noteworthy worldwide collaboration for countering its effect on health, administration and security.
UNODC supports people, non-benefit associations, the private sectors and Member States to engage in its online life campaign. This campaign is to mark this day and welcomes to draw on the resources given in the web-based social networking campaign.
Laws against Illicit Drugs use in India
If someone is hold of carrying or using illegal drugs in India, they might face problems. They are punished under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (1985) and the Prevention of Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (1988) based on:
- where the contravention involves small quantity, i.e, less than 1 kg, with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to 6 months. Or, with fine which may extend to ₹10,000 or with both;
- where the contravention involves quantity lesser than commercial quantity but greater than small quantity, with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years and with fine which may extend to ₹1 lakh;
- where the contravention involves commercial quantity, with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than 10 years but which may extend to 20 years and shall also be liable to fine which shall not be less than ₹1 lakh but which may extend to ₹2 lakh.
- “Don’t Get High, Reach For The Sky!”
- “Nobody Wanna’ Some Marijuana!”
- “Users Are Losers, And Losers Are Users”