International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

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International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – health; Policies and interventions 

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  • Launched by:  UN General Assembly in December 1987 
  • Objective: To strengthen action and cooperation in achieving the goal of a world free of drug abuse, 
  • 2021 Theme:
    • Share Drug Facts to Save Lives.

Related Initiatives to drug free world:

  • Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961.
  • The Convention on Psychotropic Substances, 1971.
  • The UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, 1988.
    • India is a signatory to all three and has enacted the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985

Initiatives by India

  • Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan/Drugs-Free India Campaign:
    • Focal points: Preventive, mass education and sensitization, capacity building of service providers, positive partnership with educational institutions, and augmentation of treatment, rehabilitation and counselling facilities.
  • National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction:
  • Aims: Reduction of adverse consequences of drug abuse through a multi-pronged strategy involving education, de-addiction and rehabilitation of affected individuals and their families.

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