Friday, June 26, 2009 -International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

June 26, 2009 - The United Nations (UN) Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) leads the international campaign with the aim of raising awareness to the people as the major problem arises in the society due to illicit drugs and especially to young people. This campaign runs from 2007 to 2009 to inspire people and mobilize support for drug control as this is the main goal of the campaign.

At this time the UNODC releases a new edition of its flagship publication, the World Drug Report. Every year, the World Drug Report provides one of the most complete assessments of the international drug problem, with comprehensive information on the illicit drug situation.

This year, for the first time, the World Drug Report includes special sections on the quality of drug data available to UNODC, trends in drug use among young people and drug-related offences recorded by police. It also addresses the black market for drugs, one of the most formidable unintended consequences of drug control, and ways in which the international community can best tackle it.

Nicotine addiction has been cited as one of the most powerful addictions known to man. The reason for this is that it is connected to so many psychological behavior cues, more so than any other addictive substance.

Reference: World Drug Report 2009 to be released today, UNODC, 6/24/2009.

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