International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Looking at the untold risk that deteriorated the quality of life, our country Nigeria has decided to observe 26 June, 2018 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Substance abuse and the illicit trafficking of drugs is an evil in our society and disorientation among a majority of the youth. Drug trafficking is an industry working generally on a vicious cycle of manufactured demand and then supply.

The objectives for this year International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking are to reduce the social and economic impact of drug abuse and related diseases, enable individuals to tackle substance abuse-related issues in their communities to reduce the availability of drugs used for addictive substances and alcohol, to launch various media awareness campaigns, develop plans to help addicts and support their fiamilies.

Drug abuse refers to the serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year drug abuse causes millions of serious illnesses or injuries among Nigerians. Drug abuse may lead to (dependence syndrome), which involves a cluster of physiological, behavioral, and cognitive phenomena in which the use of substances takes on a much higher priority for a given individual. This usually includes a strong desire or sense of compulsion to take the substance despite its harmful consequences, as well as a physiological withdrawal state. several drugs has been banned but unless we reduce demand for illicit drugs, we can never fully tackle cultivation, production or trafficking. Governments have a responsibility to counteract both drug trafficking and drug abuse, but communities can also make a major contribution.

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is celebrated worldwide with much conscious fervor to make people aware and emphasize the hazards of drug addiction and illegal trafficking.

The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking recognises the severe impact that illicit drugs have on health, development, peace and security. Around 190,000 people die due to illicit drugs every year. But the damage visited upon lives and communities does not stop there. Drug use damages health in the form of debilitating HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis, while drug trafficking nourishes money laundering, and deadly terrorism. Corruption, the great enabler of organized crime, exists throughout the drug supply chain.

Prevention is key. This may sound like a cliché but it’s nevertheless true. Prevention is the best way to keep people from becoming addicted to drugs. Experimenting with drugs and alcohol can lead to addiction that may ruin the physical and mental health of an individual. Staying away from drugs and alcohol is the only way to positively prevent drug addiction.

The inability to deal with normal life pressures is one of the major reasons that drive people to drugs and alcohol. For many people, drug and alcohol consumption is a way to escape the harsh realities of life. Learning to cope with life’s pressures will go a long way when it comes to helping people stay away from drugs and alcohol.

Also, Some people, particularly teenagers and young adults, experiment with drugs just to portray a cool image in front of others. They do it to fit in among their circle of friends. Some kids wrongly believe that doing drugs or consuming alcohol will make them more acceptable and popular with other kids. Not giving into peer pressure can and will prevent drug addiction.

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