Sunday is World Drug Day
World Drug Day is June 26, an international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1987.
The UN passed a resolution in 1987 as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
A review completed that same year the International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking resulted in the reaffirmation that illicit drugs continue to pose a health danger to humanity, culminating in the establishment of the UN’s world drug control system.
A society with rampant drug abuse undermines socio-economic and political stability, as well as sustainable development.
World Drug Day is an occasion to take a stand against a problem that affects everyone. Of Jennings’s nearly 1,350 arrests made in 2010, over 23 percent were made for directly drug-related crimes, according to Jennings Police Department records.
The goal of this year’s campaign is to mobilize support and inspire people to act against drug use, particularly drug use by the world’s youth.
Young people often talk about the “highs” induced by illicit drugs but may not be aware of the many “lows”. Illicit drug use is a concern because it poses a threat to health.
Negative effects vary depending on the type of drug consumed, the doses taken and the frequency of use. All illicit drugs have immediate physical effects, but they can also severely hinder psychological and emotional development.
According to the campaign’s website, around 200 million people take drugs at least once a year. Of these, 25 million are regarded as drug dependent. Every year 200,000 people die from drug-related illnesses.
Young people are more susceptible to drug use. Prevalence of drug use among young people is more than twice as high as drug use among the general population. Much more needs to be done to provide young people with the skills, information and opportunities to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
The most effective way to prevent drug use in your community is by supporting drug prevention programs. It has been shown that, for every dollar spent, these programs can save up to 10 dollars.
There are several emotional signs to look for to determine if a person is abusing drugs:
• Mood swings ranging from elation to sudden withdrawal and depression
• Anger for no reason
• Loss of interest in school or extra-curricular activities
• Difficulty getting along with others
• Playing truant
• Falling grades and poor academic performance
• Short attention span
If you or someone you love is suffering from a drug addiction, call the Louisiana Drug Rehab Center Hotline at 1-800-501-9330.
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