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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2024

The global drug problem presents a multifaceted challenge that touches the lives of millions worldwide. From individuals struggling with substance use disorders to communities grappling with the consequences of drug trafficking and organized crime, the impact of drugs is far-reaching and complex. Central to addressing this challenge is the imperative to adopt a scientific evidence-based approach that prioritizes prevention and treatment.

The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, or World Drug Day, is marked on June 26 each year to strengthen action and cooperation towards achieving a world free of drug abuse. This year’s theme, “The evidence is clear: invest in prevention,” underscores the necessity of basing drug policies on scientific evidence, research, respect for human rights, compassion, and a thorough understanding of the social, economic, and health implications of drug use.

A Call to Action

This year’s World Drug Day is a call to action, urging individuals, communities, and governments to take a proactive stance in combating drug abuse. The campaign emphasizes several key objectives:

  1. Raise Awareness: Increase understanding of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of evidence-based prevention strategies, emphasizing their impact on mitigating the harms of drug use.
  2. Advocate for Investment: Encourage greater investment in prevention efforts by governments, policymakers, and law enforcement professionals, highlighting the long-term benefits of early intervention and prevention.
  3. Empower Communities: Equip communities with the tools and resources to implement evidence-based prevention initiatives, fostering resilience against drug use and promoting community-led solutions.
  4. Facilitate Dialogue and Collaboration: Promote dialogue and collaboration between stakeholders to enhance evidence-based prevention practices and policies, fostering a supportive environment for knowledge sharing and innovation.
  5. Promote Evidence-Based Policymaking: Advocate for evidence-based policymaking at the national and international levels, ensuring that drug policies are grounded in scientific research and informed by best practices.
  6. Engage Communities: Raise awareness about the importance of community engagement and participation in designing and implementing effective drug prevention programs, empowering communities to take ownership of prevention efforts.
  7. Empower Youth: Provide youth with the knowledge, skills, and resources to become agents of change in their communities, advocating for drug prevention initiatives and amplifying their voices in the conversation.
  8. Promote International Cooperation: Foster international cooperation and collaboration among governments, organizations, and communities to develop and implement evidence-based strategies for combating drug trafficking and organized crime, recognizing the global nature of the drug problem and the need for coordinated action.

World Drug Report 2024

Each year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) issues the World Drug Report, a comprehensive document filled with key statistics and factual data obtained through official sources, employing a science-based approach and research. This year’s report will be launched on June 26, providing valuable insights into the current state of the global drug problem and informing future policy decisions.


Together, let us amplify our efforts to combat the global drug problem, guided by the principles of science, compassion, and solidarity. Through collective action and a commitment to evidence-based solutions, we can create a world where individuals are empowered to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. This International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, let us invest in prevention, guided by the clear evidence that doing so will yield long-term benefits for individuals and communities worldwide.

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