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This 'Grass' is Not Green - Say, 'No Thanks, I Am Fine Without Drugs'

Illicit Drug Trafficking is a global problem. It has certainly graduated from being an American malady to a global nuisance, the world would be best without. The economics of demand and supply have undoubtedly spurred this nefarious trade, giving rise to powerful drug cartels around the world.

Illicit drugs without question have lent a blow to many peoples lives. Illicit drugs could fall under any of these categories - amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), sedative hypnotics, cannabis, cocaine, hallucinogens, and opiates.

To put a figure on the extent of penetration of narcotic drugs, there are close to 16 million people who use opiates. Cannabis is extremely popular; marihuana, hashish, THC- tops the list with 162 million users. And a whopping 13 million would do anything for cocaine. ATS -amphetamine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, and methcathinone rules the life of almost 35 million users. That makes more than 200 million in the grips of narcotic drugs.

Cannabis is widely cultivated in many regions of the world. Propelled by the huge demand for this drug, its makers have altered the potency of the drug to give the consumer an intense high. This has led to an increase in the number of takers for this drug.

Naturally, there has been a surge in drug associated crime. Many unfortunate accidents have taken place as a direct consequence of illicit drugs. There have also been cases of drug overdose causing brain damage and even death. Another consequence of injection drugs has been the spread of HIV.

Lets join hands to curb the menace

The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit drug trafficking falls on 26th June 2007. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) aims to increase the awareness of illicit drugs and the magnitude of harm it can cause society.

The slogan for the day is thought provoking - 'Do drugs control your life? Your community' - No
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