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The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared 26 June every year to be observed as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. In order to make societies across the world free of drug abuse, on 7th December 1987, by adopting resolution 42/112.

Theme for 2020 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2020: Better Knowledge for Better Care

Goal of 2020 Theme

For countering the impact that drug has on our societies, it is important that cross border cooperation increases among nations across the globally. This will help in restricting the gloomy effects of many kinds of misinformation that has caused challenges for the authorities involved in addressing the drug problem.

Drug trafficking has hindered the overall development of many developing nations over the way, as the financially weaker sections of society fall prey to various drug or trafficking networks for monetary stability in life. For countering this, understanding has to improve for which better knowledge through greater international cooperation is important for countering these negative impacts on society.

Significance of the Day in 2020

As per the Report World Drug 2020, if 2009 data are compared to the previous year, there has been a 30% rise in the number of drug consumers globally. 269 million people have used drugs in 2018.

At a time of a covid-19 pandemic, the day is to encourage individuals, private sectors, non-profit organizations, and the Governments across the world to continue their efforts in raising awareness about the adverse health consequences of drugs through social media campaigns.

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