International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking takes place annually on 26 June.
This important day was created by the United Nations General Assembly to help create a society free of illegal drugs and drug abuse. The date raises awareness of two important world issues – World Drug Day and the Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking. Established in 1987, the day is now in its 27th year and its pro-health campaign is stronger than ever.
Each year the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) selects a theme for the day, so keep checking back on the official website to find out the details of this year’s theme.
Events will be held all over the world, from Australia to Vietnam, to look at the effects of drugs in local communities and how we can stop them. People in society are actively encouraged to participate in the campaign to join the fight against drug abuse.
From the dangerous effects of cannabis to the prevention of HIV/AIDS and needle sharing, there will be lots of information available to get educated. Advice can be provided help to those who need it to guide them to the best rehab centers in their own personal journey against drugs.
There are lots of ways to show your support – why not join the Facebook or Twitter group for regular updates? UNDOC also encourage us to use the Blue Heart logo on our websites, and you can even replace your facebook picture with the Blue Heart logo for the day.
However, before you download the logo, go to the ‘Use of the Blue Heart’ page at the official website and check out the terms and conditions. Whether you want to get involved with UN events or organise something within your own local community, there are lots of you can help.
At the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking website you can also find out how you can get involved and there’s information about the free promotional materials available to promote your events.
And, if you want to donate to the Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking then click here.