International Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking being observed today

International Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking being observed today

New Delhi: The international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking is being observed today across the globe to raise awareness about the dangers and problems that illicit drugs pose to the society. The theme of the day this year is – Global Action for the Health Communities Without Drugs.

In his message, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki Moon said, efforts to promote development and fight drugs and crime will be more effective if they are rooted in partnerships with the young, civil society, governments and the international community. To mark the day, various events are being held across the globe to create awareness about the drastic effects of drugs.

In Mumbai, a week-long awareness drive to educate people about ill-effects of drug abuse and addiction is being held. Street plays, distribution of pamphlets, poster presentation, one to one information exchange and counselling sessions are part of the awareness drive.

The Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Mukul Wasnik has emphasized the need to create awareness among masses to prevent drug abuse and illicit trafficking in young generation. Participating in the Public Speak programme of All India Radio, the Minister said, security agencies like Border Security Force, CRPF and state police forces are also being involved to check this menace which is largely prevalent in the young generation.

Mr. Wasnik also stated that the government is taking all steps to prevent illegal trade in drugs from international markets and across the border.

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