26 June : International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
วันที่ 26 มิถุนายน ของทุกปี องค์การสหประชาชาติ ได้กำหนดให้เป็น "วันต่อต้านยาเสพติดโลก" หรือ "วันต่อต้านการใช้ยาเสพติด ในทางที่ผิด และการลักลอบค้ายาเสพติดสากล" หรือ The International Day against Drug abuse and Illicit Trafficking
The slogan of the UNODC anti-drugs campaign to be launched on 26 June, the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, is "Do drugs control your life? Your life. Your community. No place for drugs."
The slogan will be used for three years and focus on different aspects of drug control: drug abuse in 2007, drug cultivation and production in 2008, and illicit drug trafficking in 2009.
Types of drugs under international control
UNODC and its campaign only focus on drugs subject to control, as specified in the three multilateral drug treaties that form the backbone of the international drug control system. These illicit drugs include amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), coca/cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates, and sedative hypnotics.
Nearly 200 million people are using these drugs worldwide. Cannabis -marihuana, hashish, THC- leads by far with 162 million users. ATS -amphetamine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, methcathinone- follow with 35 million users. Globally, an estimated 16 million people use opiates -opium, morphine, heroin, synthetic opiates- and some 13 million people use cocaine.
Cocaine use in Western Europe is of particular concern, where consumption is reaching alarming levels. Cannabis, which is grown and used all over the world, is changing. The drug's potency has increased in recent years, and there are indications that cannabis-related mental health risks may have been underestimated. Opiate use levels along the trafficking routes originating from Afghanistan, the world's top opium producer, are the highest anywhere. ATS use in Asia is also a problem.