International days are the main occasions conducted to educate the public on various issues, promote awareness and take time to make a better change. International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking is one such day with great importance to crib illegal drug trading and usage. International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking is observed globally on the 26th of June every year. It is also known as ‘World Drug Day.
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking- 26 June
What is the Reason behind International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (World Drug Day)?
The primary concern is reducing the trade of illicit drugs and tackling cultivation and production. Drug abuse is a cardinal issue since it not only affects the youth but of all age groups and destroys the livelihood of many families. Illicit drug trafficking is basically transporting drugs without the knowledge of the government. The United Nations office on drugs and crimes (UNODC) has been taking great initiative in ceasing illegal trades and drug markets internationally.
What is Drug Abuse?
Over-usage of psychoactive drugs for the induced feeling of pleasure, relief, or escape can be defined as drug abuse. These drugs have an addictive capacity due to the stimulation of certain chemicals in our brain that tricks the abuser. They prompt self-destructive behavior and can lead to physical or emotional harm to anyone around. They affect the person’s health as various narcotic drugs are shown to cause psychological and physical disorders such as lung disorders, stroke, seizures, confusion, decreasing attention span, anxiety, etc…
What Happens on the 26th of June?
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) advocates for “Better Knowledge for Better Care.” It is important to understand the problems faced by users and how it affects them first before diagnosing them. Knowledge and empathy can foster better cooperation, enhancing health, security, and support. With the increasing usage of drugs and the ill effects that follow, many awareness campaigns, support groups, and helping hands come up on the day, along with the events worldwide.
Drug users/ addicts are usually vulnerable and sensitive because of all the physical and psychological changes they’re going through. A lot of seemingly harmless things people say can deeply affect the mental state or progress they’re making. Rehabilitation is hard enough as it is and can be deeply influenced by any external stimuli. Anything and everything can affect them.
It is important to educate ourselves properly and get professional help before we decide to talk. This is when our loved ones need us the most. So it is important to let them know that we’re there for them and will support them through everything. Support groups and professionals are shown to provide positive reinforcement. Never preach or use a lecturing tone and never look down on them.
It is much easier to stop addiction in the early stages than later. It is easy enough to identify a drug problem with a person’s behavior. Notice any sudden changes in behavior, withdrawal, sudden attention problems, irregular sleep patterns, etc.… Substance use can also cause physical changes along with these behavioral ones. People tend to get more aggressive and irritable.
Drugs can make or break someone’s life, depending on the shift in quantity. It is important to understand that it is more difficult for them than us and that they need all the support they can get. It’s not just a one-day awareness against drugs that will help; it is a long, hard battle for substance users and their loved ones. A little understanding and kindness can help a lot for a lot of addicts who start because of personal problems and excessive pressure.
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