The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, also known as ‘World Drug Day’, is observed every year on June 26 to make people aware about drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. This observance stimulates a sense of responsibility among the people, especially among youngsters and teenagers, to stay away from the drug menace.

 I am glad that A & N Administration is carrying out various preventive and curative activities to tackle the menace of drug-abuse based on the UT Policy and Action Plan on Drug Demand Reduction.

Covid-19 has brought unprecedented public awareness on health, proactive measures for staying healthy and on protecting each other. World Drug Day is an opportunity to share lifesaving facts and to continue tapping into this shared spirit of solidarity.

The theme for current year, “Share Facts on Drugs, Save Lives” aims at combating misinformation and promotes sharing the facts on drugs. We need to take firm stance against misinformation and unreliable sources while committing to share only real science-based data on drugs and save lives.

On this day, I appeal to the Islanders to join hands to spread message about the negative impact of false information, empower themselves to become less susceptible to exploitation and intensify resilience against the drug abuse.

(Admiral D K Joshi)
Lieutenant Governor, A & N Islands
& Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency

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