International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is an annual observance aimed at raising awareness of the dangers posed by drugs and their nefarious trade. The primary goal is to strengthen global action and cooperation, drawing attention to the various health, social and economic problems faced by individuals and communities alike. With drug abuse and illicit trafficking remaining one of the most pressing issues in today's world, this day serves as a reminder of our collective responsibility to tackle this menace.

The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987. The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking holds great significance for Australians, as the country has been grappling with the growing issue of drug consumption and distribution. Australia’s geographical isolation has not insulated it from the global drug problem, and the nation has become a destination for illegal drug trade. With the rise in amphetamine and methamphetamine usage, substance abuse poses a continual threat to the health and general well-being of Australians.

Every year, various government and non-government entities in Australia participate in the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by organizing events, workshops and conferences to promote awareness and prevention measures. Australian communities use this occasion to discuss strategies for dealing with drug abuse, as well as methods to curtail the illicit trafficking of drugs across the nation. Apart from engaging in dialogues, the emphasis is laid on fostering healthier lifestyles, and creating safe environments that discourage drug-related problems. This globally significant event is observed on the 26th of June in Australia.

Facts about this day

  • No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, races, classes, and professions - Patrick J. Kennedy, American democratic politician and former US representative for Rhode Island.
  • Cannabis remains the most commonly used illicit drug in Australia, with 11.6% of the population aged 14 years and over reporting having used it in 2019.
  • In 2018–19, the Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force made more than 34,000 detections of illicit drugs at the border, resulting in 6.5 tonnes of illicit drugs being seized.

Top things to do in Australia for this observance

  • Donate to one of the many addiction and substance abuse recovery charities and safe injection sites in your neighborhood. All proceeds are used to help treat addicts who are looking to recover from drug addiction and return to society and safe needle programs help reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
  • Attend the World Drug Report 2016, which is organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, by watching the webcast online.
  • Watch a documentary to learn about drug abuse and illicit trafficking in Australia. Here are our top picks:
    1. The Hidden Epidemic: Prescription Drug Addiction (2016) - A documentary that explores the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in Australia, specifically focusing on painkillers, anti-anxiety medications, and stimulants.
    2. Dopesick (2021) - A documentary about the Australian opioid crisis, focusing on the personal stories of those affected by addiction and the measures taken to combat the issue.
    3. Ice Wars (2017) - A four-part Australian documentary series examining the impact of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, on the nation, its people, and its communities.
  • Read a book to learn about drug abuse and illicit trafficking in Australia. Here are our recommendations:
    1. Illicit Drug Use in Australia: Epidemiology, Use Patterns and Associated Harm by Louisa Degenhardt and Wayne Hall
    2. Beyond the Drug War: Drug Policy and Human Rights in Australia by Damon Barrett and Philip Alston
    3. The Ice Age: A Journey into Crystal-Meth Addiction by Luke Williams

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