SAN DIEGO: On June 26th the global community will come together to raise awareness of drug abuse on the UN’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
Declared by resolution 42/112 of the General Assembly of the United Nations December 7, 1987, thereby declaring June 26 as the of the official International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the United Nations became determined “to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.”
This year the theme of this official day will highlight the need for justice, health and social services to implement “integrated strategies, in line with the international drug control conventions, human rights obligations and Sustainable Development Goals,” according to the United Nations.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), there are approximately 200 million people using illicit drugs worldwide In the United States, approximately 19.9 million people, i.e., 8% of the total population aged 12 or over, used illicit drugs in 2007, cited by the Foundation for a Drug Free World.
Though considered a legal drug, alcohol consumption among teens is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. within this age group.
HelpGuide.org provides invaluable information and support for drug abuse and addiction. They point out that drug abuse and addiction crosses all age groups, races, backgrounds, and socioeconomic status.
For some, drugs may be recreational and believed to enhance social-related times and experiences. For others, they might be used for support to cope with stress, anxiety, personal problems, and mental afflictions.
Prescribed medications though not illicit are the second most abused drugs in the United States; and, opioid overdoses kill more Americans than traffic accidents.
Not all drugs, whether illicit or prescribed lead to death or addiction.
In fact, some may help with a variety of illnesses, including mental health.
Recognizing the symptoms of drug abuse
The following are the signs and symptoms of drug abuse and addition which are suggested by HelpGuide.org:
- Neglecting responsibilities such as school, work, or home
- Using drugs and taking risks when high such as driving or having unprotected sex
- Experiencing legal trouble such as arrests or driving under the influence
- Building up a drug tolerance and needing more of them
- Undergoing withdrawal when drugs not actively used
- Losing control over the use of drugs and using more than usual
- Drugs and their use become the center of life
- Losing interest in activities previously enjoyed
HelpGuide.org further suggests recognizing symptoms of drug use in others could be as simple as seeing bloodshot eyes, enlarged pupils, sudden weight loss or gain, and deterioration of personal grooming.
Unusual changes in behavior such as mood swings, hyperactivity angry outbursts and the like which are dramatic changes in normal behavior oftentimes mean drug abuse.
If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of drug abuse, contact a medical provider immediately and seek help.
The following resources are also available:
On June 26, 2017, President Donald J. Trump release this excerpted statement on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking:
“Today, on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, we remember the tens of thousands of American lives lost each year to drug overdoses and violent, drug-related crimes….Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death….We have also started the process to strengthen enforcement at our southern border to
prevent drugs and gangs from coming into our country…Thankfully, treatment options for people facing addiction have never been better.
The evidence supporting medication-assisted treatment gives us reasons to be optimistic….Our Nation will continue to collaborate with our international partners to restrict the production and trafficking of illicit drugs around the globe. Together, we will end the scourge of drug abuse and restore safety and peace to our communities.”
Celebrate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in harmony with our global community this coming June 26th!
Let us all become more aware of the ravages of drug abuse and illicit trafficking and the tragic toll that it can take on our loved ones, our communities, our countries, and our entire global community.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!