Dhaka: The United Nations’ International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Thursday.
Each year on June 26, the day is observed to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.
This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world.
Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987, this day serves as a reminder of the goals agreed to by Member States of creating an international society free of drug abuse.
The International Day against drug abuse and illegal drug trafficking will be observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere across the world today with a call to launch a united social movement for an end to the menace, reports BSS.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the occasion.
In a message on the eve of the day, President Hamid said along with the execution of the stringent law, the drug addicts should be treated and rehabilitated as well as a social movement should be launched against drug abuse. “Then, observation of the day would be a total success,” he said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, stressed the need for proper execution of the related law against the spreading of drugs throughout the world including Bangladesh, creation of social awareness and expediting the anti-drug movement.
“I urge the people of the society irrespective of their classes and professions including non-government organisations, teachers, imams of mosques and parents to come forward, along with the government, for a solution to the problem,” she said. Sheikh Hasina said, “Abuse of drug is a multidimensional problem. Its damaging effect brings disaster for individuals and families and in national life.”
The President and the Prime Minister wished success of the programmes marking the day.
The day is being observed in Bangladesh with public rallies and mass media involvement, to promote the awareness of dangers associated with illicit drugs.
According to the UNODC, nearly 200 million people are using illicit drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics worldwide.