June 26: World observes International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

imageThe International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed across the globe.

Objective: The day is observed each year to disseminate awareness about the harms and problems that illicit drugs cause to the society.

The theme for 2012 – : “Global Action for the Healthy Communities Without Drugs”.

To mark the day, various functions and events were organized across the globe to generate awareness about the devastating effects of drugs.

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking:-

  • A United Nations International Day against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade.
  • Held since 1988 on June 26 every year.
  • June 26 was the date chosen to commemorate Lin Zexu’s dismantling of the opium trade in Humen, Guangdong, just before the First Opium War in China.
  • The observance was instituted by General Assembly Resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987.

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