June 26 is considered as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking or the International Anti-Drug Day sponsored by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and nations worldwide. It started on 1998 when the UN General Assembly adopted a political declaration on the global drug problem with the following statement:
“Drugs destroy lives and communities, undermine sustainable human development and generate crime. Drugs affect all sectors of society in all countries; in particular, drug abuse affects the freedom and development of young people, the world’s most valuable asset.”
The official slogan of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking for this year and the following two years is “Do drugs control your life? Your life. Your community. No place for drugs.” The authority will focus on different issues in different years, that is, drug abuse in 2007, drug cultivation and production in 2008, and illicit drug trafficking in 2009.