Some facts on drug abuse and its effect on your health
The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was first observed on June 26, 1988. The day was introduced on December 7, 1987 by the UN General Assembly to honour Lin Zexu’s contribution in dismantling the opium trade in Guangdong. This day, the members of the General Assembly decided to establish an international society free of drug abuse since the use of drugs continues to constitute a serious hazard to public health.
On the 27th anniversary of this day, we bring how drugs can disturb your life and why you need to Say NO to drugs. Read on!
Drugs have the ability to affect your mood. They can arose certain emotions and can also diminish others
The changes in your behaviour is the result of changes in your brain caused by the drugs as drugs interfere with the chemicals in your brain
Mental health problems include anxiety, mood swings, depression, aggression and sleeping problems
Psychoactive drugs can cause delusions
They can also affect your sense of personal identity and reality
Schizophrenia and asthma are very common health problems
Overuse can also lead to heart attacks and can damage the cartilage of your nose, if inhaled
Injection can damage your veins and body tissues
Some drugs have the power to overstimulate your heart and nervous system. However, some can be linked with memory problems.
Here is what the world does on the International Day of Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking:
Drug control was first started in Shanghai in 1909
The day was introduced to strengthen action to have an international society free of drug abuse
Every year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime selects a theme for this day to raise awareness about the global drug issue
In 2010, the theme was “Health”, “Do drugs control your life? Your life. Your community. No place for drugs” was the theme from 2007 to 2009 and “Value yourself…make healthy choices” in 2006
It encourages people to send strong messages against drug use and about the ill-effects of the drugs
The society aims to increasing awareness among community members concerning drug trafficking and its negative impacts on the society.
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