International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2019: Theme and Significance of the Day That Aims for a Drug-Free Society
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The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed on June 26 annually since 1989 to raise awareness about drug abuse and illegal drug trade. The day observed by the UN was instituted by General Assembly Resolution 42/112 on December 7, 1987. According to the UN, the day is "as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse". The theme for International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2019  is 'Health for Justice. Justice for Health'. According to the UN, the theme "emphasises on integrated nature of the rights- and health-based approaches, which are both highlighted in this Ministerial Declaration". Cannabis Used by 3% Indians: Uttar Pradesh Leads in Charas, Ganja and Bhang Use According to Government Survey.

The day showcases the issue of illicit drugs present in the society and how individuals, communities and various organisations all over the world can come together to sweep it out. On International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2019, various events are held making people aware of drug abuse and increasing problems related to drugs. This year, the UN will launch the 2019 World Drug Report at United Nations Secretariat in New York. From Celebrity Confessions to Date-Rape Drugs For Depression, 8 Best Mental Health Moments of 2018.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) supports the Member States in implementing solutions to the world drug problems guided by human rights and international drug control framework.  This approach involves various things including treatment, support, and rehabilitation. It also ensures access to controlled substances for medical purposes, works with farmers who have cultivated illicit drug crops and establishes legal and institutional frameworks for drug control through using international conventions.