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International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

COMMENTARY, 27.06.2017

Tuesday, June 26, 2017, the world commemorated International Day Against Drug Abuse with slogans released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The day featured various obstacles in the field of drugs andsteps that have been taken by various countries to combat drugs and mechanisms to resolve these obstacles.

This year’s international day against Drug Abuse has a theme "Promising Messages: Addiction Can Be Prevented and Cured". Drug abuse and illicit trafficking have become an important and urgent issue for the world. Narcotics is a serious, organized, and transnational crime. Hence, it can affect all levels of society, causing huge losses, especially in terms of health, socio-economic, and security, especially in the younger generations.

Indonesia, as a country which has launched itself in a state of emergency of drugs, interprets International Anti-Drug Day (HANI) as a momentum to remind the public that drugs are still a scary thing for this nation. The increasing number of victims and the increasingly clever syndicates seeking ways to supply narcotics require governments and communities to be always vigilant and determined to act vigorously in the fight against narcotics.

Indonesian National Anti-Narcotics Agency -BNN as a leading sector in handling narcotics problems in Indonesia has created and carried out various efforts to Prevent and Eradicate Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by involving all layers or elements of society, both in rural and urban areas.

The victims of drug abuse are not only adults or adolescents but also the childrenwho have already been the target of drug dealers who are just looking for profit without thinking about the consequences. Children and youths are the future of the nation, we must not let them become lost generation because of drugs.

Until now, the most effective effort to prevent drug abuse among children is family education. Parents are expected to supervise and educate their children to stay away from Drug abuse.

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