With the theme “Global Action for Healthy Communities without Drugs”, the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2012 is being observed on Tuesday across the globe, including Nepal, to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has, over the years, been actively involved in launching campaigns to mobilize support for drug control and raise awareness about the dangers and problems that illicit drugs pose to the society.
According to it, nearly 200 million people are using illicit drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics worldwide.
The world body has recognized that despite continued and increased efforts by the international community, the world drug problem continues to constitute a serious threat to public health, the safety and well-being of humanity, in particular young people, and the national security and sovereignty of States, and that it undermines socio-economic and political stability and sustainable development. It encouraged the Commission and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to continue their work on international drug control and urged all Governments to provide the fullest possible financial and political support to enable UNODC to continue, expand and strengthen its operational and technical cooperation activities, within its mandates. nepalnews.com