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The ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’ is observed on June 26 every year to strengthen global action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

A Nagaland government release said that the state is observing this day to raise awareness to fight against the substance abuse as well as the unlawful trade of drugs. International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was first observed by the UN General Assembly in 1987.

According to World Drug Report 2017, around 29.5 million people or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population suffers from drug use disorders, including dependence. Drug abuse is one of the most serious health problems.
Besides causing serious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis, it has several side effects in the form of economic loss, antisocial behaviour such as stealing, violence and crime besides social stigma and overall downfall of the society.

Governments have a responsibility to counteract both drug trafficking and drug abuse. Communities can also make a major contribution. Families, schools, civil society and religious organizations can do their part to rid their communities of drugs. Businesses can help provide legitimate livelihoods.

“The media can raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and narcotics. Let us develop our lives, our community and our identity free of drugs and build a better Nagaland for us and for our future generation,” the Nagaland government release said.

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