Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking - Kritin Bhasin

Drug abuse is an enormous issue and it’s been active for years now. Mankind has been at war with drugs for a substantial period which is quite evident through the Colombia-Mexico cocaine issue, the massive weed scandal of China.

Drug or substance abuse explained by the NCI dictionary means “The use of illegal drugs or the use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs for purposes other than those for which they are meant to be used, or in large amounts. Drug abuse may lead to social, physical, emotional, and job-related problems.” Some of the most commonly consumed narcotics or substances are, Alcohol (about 2 billion consumers) leads to 3.3 million casualties each year, Cigarettes (about 1 Billion consumers) leading to 8 million deaths each year, Heroin with

about 13.5 million consumers. Drug abuse has been a major contributor to deaths in recent years. The United Nations and governmental bodies have held cabinets and meetings to discuss drug and substance abuse; some great examples are the World Federations Against Drugs (WFAD) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Now talking about the availability of these narcotics, we bring light to the illicit trafficking of drugs; which can be termed as selling, trading, or dealing of illegal drugs. Such drugs are produced and sent to other countries, as seen in 2007 Afghanistan, which was the biggest producer of illicit drugs, traded and shipped its drugs to other countries through means of people, cargo, shipments, etc. Typically these drugs are sold to cities and towns neighbouring the manufacturing plant.

Drug and substance abuse has been eminently growing per year. As an expression of determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of a sober and drug-free society, the United Nations decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The date June 26 also commemorates Lin Zexu's dismantling of the opium trade in Humen, Guangdong, ending on June 25 1839, just before the First Opium War in China. The observance was instituted by General Assembly Resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987.

The need of the hour is to collectively respond to the challenges, counter this grave issue, and as Russell Brand once said, “If you regard alcoholics and drug addicts not as bad people but as sick people then we can help them to get better.” We as fellow individuals need to step in and terminate drug or substance use for the expectation of a better, sober, and drug-free society.