Mahadeep Singh Jamwal The International Day against Drug and Illicit Trafficking is observed annually on June 26, since 1988, a date selected to commemorate the destruction of Lin Zexu, a figure in the opium trafficking and trade in Humen, Guangdong, preface to the First Opium War of China. Every year on 26th June, International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking is celebrated worldwide today but observed by UN General Assembly for the first time in 1988, to strengthen global action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. The day is celebrated to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world. The concept attributed to celebrate ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’ is to raise a sense of responsibility into the masses, to encourage them to raise awareness about drug abuse and its illicit trafficking and bringing sense of understanding about this menace to the people. The aim to observe this day is to increase support for prevention of the production of drugs and its use and is thus scheduling the day for awareness activities is a decisive investment for the well-being of the society. The day celebrations should be aimed to bring back the drug abuse and other addictions into various rehabilitation programmes. What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, and a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood – Alice Mille. Addiction begins with the hope that something “out there” can instantly fill up the emptiness inside – Jean Kilbourne. Drug abuse or drug addiction is a psychiatric, social and psychological problem that not only affects the youth of the entire world but affects a large area of people of different age. It ruins the individuals and the society in manifolds- socially, physically, culturally, emotionally and economically. When we talk about drugs, it would be right to say that the drug is a kind of slow poison. Some drugs are natural, which are produced from the plants present in nature without the help of humankind. Like opium (obtained from opium plant), cocaine (substance made from chocolate tree seeds), ‘Ganja’ or ‘Charas’ (obtained from cannabis plant). The rest of the drug is made in a gimmicky form made from human-made chemicals. These include fast-stimulating substances, and are responsible for anxiety, anger, insanity, unconsciousness, grief, violence, more dangerous, serious health issues, and death. Drug abuse is harmful to health and dangerous for life. They are restricted to almost every country in the world. But they are still illegally bought and sold. When we speak of drug trafficking, it is an international illegal trade that involves the production, cultivation, dissemination and sale of substance that is prohibited under certain laws. The illicit drug trade is estimated to be approximately 1% of the international trade. According to a report of the United Nations, only 1.39 million people worldwide died in 2013 due to the use of illegal drugs. According to the World Health Organization, in 2012, 5.9 percent of the world’s people, that is, about 3.3 million people were killed due to alcohol. It has often been seen that consumption of narcotic substances starts from taste and becomes a necessity. Starting with tasting it becomes an addiction. Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else, something bigger and can be called as transcendence, but it’s like a rat in a maze. We all want the same thing. We all have this hole. The thing, the substance offers relief, but it’s a trap. Drug use has become a thrilling and seductive experience for the youth, and sometimes people are attracted to it to learn about the risks of drug intake. In some cases, people are motivated to get intoxicants and those who are easily confused due to lack of experience in life fall prey to the addictions. Drugs are mainly chemical substances, which affect the human brain’s circulatory system The government should take stringent action against drug trafficking. Those foreign routes through which these drugs come to India, they have to look through sharp eye. A big contribution is needed from government machinery as well as civil society to look for a decisive solution of this problem of drug abuse and illicit trafficking. Schools and colleges should periodically tell the dangers of drug abuse. The biggest responsibility lies on parents. It is very necessary that parents give time to children and give proper guidance, so they do not get this bad addiction. We can vouch that one become a narcotics addict because he does not have strong motivations in the other direction. What fascinates about addiction and obsessive behavior is that people choose an altered state of consciousness that’s toxic and ostensibly destroys most aspects of normal life, because for a brief moment one feel okay. At first, addiction is maintained by pleasure, but the intensity of this pleasure gradually diminishes and the addiction is then maintained by the avoidance of pain. It is very important that the youth should realize that drug intake is harmful for them in every way, by doing so, they will stop using them themselves, together they will prevent their colleagues from doing so. For those who have become accustomed to addiction, continuous treatment is the only option. The only youth build the country. We have to save it at all times. An inclusive society is our responsibility. We have to awaken the society for this, and then the dream of a healthy and prosperous India can really come true and real sense of celebrating drug abuse and illicit trafficking day. Let us celebrate the day with this intention to educate the addicts that recovery from addiction requires hard work, a proper attitude and learning skills to stay sober, not drinking alcohol or using other drugs. Successful drug recovery or alcohol recovery involves changing attitudes, acquiring knowledge, and developing skills to meet the many challenges of sobriety. The path to recovery is never easy. When you fill your mind with positive thoughts, this could help you feel better and push away thoughts of depression and negativity. Concluding the unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones. The easy solution to the drug problem is “Just say no to drugs.” Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
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