International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Drug abuse and the illegal trade of drugs have been a huge concern. No matter what steps have been taken, this illegal trade continues to take place undercovers around the world.

It is well known; how injurious drugs are for health. Overconsumption of drugs can cause serious illnesses like cancer, lung or heart disease, and increases the chances of having a stroke. Drug abuse can also affect the mental health of a person and result in mental disorders.

What is Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking of Drugs?

Drug abuse refers to the use of drugs and certain chemicals in amounts that are harmful to the body. Taking drugs in heavy amounts causes addiction, which often leads to illegal buying and consumption of drugs.

The illicit trafficking of drugs refers to the illegal trade of drugs. The question here arises, are there legal drugs? The answer is yes. There are drugs which legal like- nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, and other such drugs that are given on medical prescription. Such drugs bind upon the age, and regulations liking driving and location where it is being consumed.

Different nations have different drugs forbidden by law. Cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy are some of the drugs that are illegal at different places.

What is International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking?

The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed on June 26th every year since 1987, after the United Nations General Assembly decided to see this day to spread awareness about drug-related issues among people. This year’s theme, ‘Share Facts on Drugs, Save Lives’, aims at educating people about the effects of drug consumption, its treatment, and ways to combat misinformation about drugs.

People consume different drugs to create pleasure for themselves. Especially the youth consume it; mostly in peer pressure. Other reasons can also make people opt for drugs like any stress; be it personal or professional. When such drugs are consumed in heavy amounts its results are dangerous. It can even result in death due to the failure of organs. It can also cause hallucinations, reduce memory power, lowered attention, insomnia, and difficulty decision making.

Drug abuse for a long time can even cause depression and anxiety. People who are addicted, even overuse their medically prescribed drugs by buying them from different medical stores.

People commit crimes due to drug abuse as they lose control over themselves and their conscience. There have been cases where people have become ill-tempered and have murdered or attempted to murder people just because of some small argument. Their relationships with their families and friend have been destroyed. They have lost their jobs and are living chaotic life. They get aggressive and violent over time.

It is important to talk to people who abuse drugs and find out the reason for their condition; what made them fall into this trap, and not just push them away. if medical help is required, they can be sent to rehabilitation centers to make them addiction-free and help them live a normal life. things happen around us, but we often tend to ignore such things walk away; without bothering about it as it has nothing to do with us. As responsible people and for the sake of humanity we must try and help such people.  

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