International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is targeted at spreading awareness about drug abuse, substance abuse and illegal marketing. This drive started on June 26, 1987 in UN Assembly and has been observed as a day of awareness ever since.

According to World Drug Report, 2017, there were 29.5 million people or we can say 0.6% of entire adult population in 2015 that suffered the drug use disorders.

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Objective of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in 2018

In 2018, this day aims at “Listen First” to incorporate the meaning to young generation. This act says, “Listen First- Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safely”. Communication gap has increased the level of drugs intake over the years and after a tremendous research, it is followed that listening to children will help the world to grow safe globally.

It is a known fact that drug abuse has an adverse impact on individual’s health but what it bring with it on table are multiple other economical problems. Along with HIV, Hepatitis, Cancer and Kidney Failure, it has affected marketing all over the world. It also gives rise to violence, criminal behavior and illegal marketing. The authenticity of products being sold illegally is questioned by UN.

Parents: Listen First

 - A healthy discussion is necessary. A strong bond between parents and children decrease the level of stress and can stop vulnerable behavior like drug abuse.

 - Be their friends; do not impose too many boundaries. Young children are more prone to get attracted with these drugs under restrictions. Explain them about it.

 - Talk to them daily. Make this a point, spend one hour a day to know about their lives. Ask questions, read their gestures, discuss it in family.

Teachers: Listen First

 - Teachers are the first influencers in life after parents; they should have positive impact on student’s lives.

 - Understand your student, pay attention to his/her behavior. Listen to their needs, make them speak.

 - Schools can introduce extracurricular activities to make their students socially sound and adaptive.

Reasons for Drug Abuse:

 - Peer pressure: In peer pressure, our youth tends to fall prey to such experiments. They start with a experimental joke and end up being addicted to it.

 - Depression: Mental Illness is not much talked about. Stress leads to depression and to escape this state, people start submitting to drug use which becomes an abuse in meantime.

 - Recreational Drugs: These drugs give people momentarily satisfaction and make them high. People become addicted to these drugs because most of these drugs contain addictive elements like Nicotine.

 - Prescription Drug Abuse: Drugs like Narcotic is available without prescription and it gives rise to illicit trafficking. Painkillers are also addictive and make people victim of drug abuse.

How to deal with Drug Abuse?

Smoking, amongst all the drug abuse cases has been on top since decades. One could follow these simple steps to avoid drug abuse:

 - Enroll yourself in programmes like Alcohol e-help which is operated by AIIMS, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) and has been initiated by government to keep a check on people who are drug addicts.

 - Meditate daily, meditation decreases the level of stress.

 - Talk about your daily life with someone, a healthy conversation is necessary.

 - Take medication and join rehabilitation programmes like ‘Quit Smoking’ and ‘Say No To Drugs’.

On this International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, promise yourself a healthy lifestyle. Live before your lungs stop functioning.