International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

NASHIK: The United Nations observes June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking to achieve the goal of a drug-free society. The day raises awareness about the harmful effects of drugs on physical and mental health. The theme for this year is “Better knowledge for better care.” Alcohol, opium, cannabis, and heroin are the major drugs misused in India. Buprenorphine, propoxyphene, and heroin are the most commonly injected drugs in our country.

The epidemic of substance abuse is growing at an alarming rate in the country, especially among youngsters and adults, and adult males topping the list. There could be a variety of reasons like peer pressure, financial crisis, family pressure, career tension, and declining supportive bonds for youngsters.

Nowadays, many helpline numbers, rehabilitation centres, and equipments like e-cigarettes, nicotine gums are available for people wanting to fight addiction and urges. Nashik city has its own Anti-Narcotics Cell to fight the drug abuse in the city. Educational institutes, bus stops, and railway stations, and under the radar of this cell. Drug abuse in the country has registered a significant rise amid the pandemic due to increased stress, tension, and financial crisis. Drug abuse can lead to short-term and long-term psychological and physical effects.

Psychological effects

Short Term

  • Insomnia

  • Poor coordination

  • A temporary sense of europhia

  • Speech problems

  • Addiction

  • Lack of Interest in enjoyable activities

  • Poor academic performance

Long Term

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Panic disorders

  • Increased aggression

  • Hallucinations

Physical effects

Short Term

  • Change in appetite

  • Poor hygiene

  • Poor work performance

  • Extreme weight loss

Long Term

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Respiratory problems

  • Kidney damage

  • Liver disease

  • Overdose

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