The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed on 26 June every year. It is a United Nations International Day against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. It is observed since 1989. The day was instituted by General Assembly Resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987.
Key Highlights (2019 Theme):
1. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has set the theme for 2019 as ‘Health for Justice. Justice for Health’.
2. The theme highlights that justice and health are two sides of the same coin when it comes to addressing drug problems.
3. Effective responses to the world drug problem require inclusive and accountable institutions of criminal justice, health, and social services to work hand in hand to provide integrated solutions, in line with the international drug control conventions, human rights obligations and the Sustainable Development Goals.