With the theme “Make health your ‘new high’ in life, not drugs,” the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2013 is being observed on Wednesday (today) across the globe, including Iran and Pakistan, to strengthen action and co-operation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
Iran has burned at least 100 tons of illicit drugs as part of its efforts to fight drug smuggling. Iranian authorities and foreign guests watched as some 50 tons of various narcotics were burned in north Tehran at a ceremony on Wednesday. Some 50 other tons were destroyed in several other Iranian cities.
Officials at the burning in Tehran accused the West of failing to back it in prohibiting drug traffic that they said was driven by European addicts, saying that instead of contributing to Iran’s anti-drug campaign, Western nations deny Iran equipment needed to fight drug trafficking.
Iran lies on a major trafficking route between Afghanistan and Europe, as well as Persian Gulf states where the confiscation of large amounts of narcotics is common
According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC, nearly 200 million people are using illicit drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics worldwide.
The UNODC has, over the years, been actively involved in launching campaigns to mobilize support for drug control and raise awareness about the dangers and problems that illicit drugs pose to the society. The world body has recognized that despite continued and increased efforts by the international community, the world drug problem continues to constitute a serious threat to public health, the safety and well-being of humanity, in particular young people.
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