Non-governmental organisations, the government and individuals have been called upon to join the war against drugs abuse and trafficking of illicit drugs.
The call was made by the Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) on Friday, via a press release to commemorate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The statement made available to Quick News Africa, the group called on “individuals, non-governmental organisations, private sector and governments to join the campaign against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in order to counter the effects of drug abuse on people’s health and security so that there can be a peaceful society for all.
“International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a day meant to educate and enlighten the society of the harm associated with drug abuse both for a person and the society at large. Drug abuse has dangerous effect on a person’s health and this can be long-lasting effects or permanent because drugs are chemicals that affect the body and brain.”
The theme for this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is ‘Better Knowledge for Better Care’ and the statement underlined the fact that “better knowledge will help in overcoming the problem of drug abuse.
“The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) this year reports that the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a rise in unemployment which makes the poor and young people vulnerable to drug trafficking and drug abuse in order to earn some amounts of money. This stresses the fact that better knowledge will help in overcoming the problem of drug abuse.”