Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
Drug Abuse refers to a certain chemical substance that is used for the recreation of the Brain. Today the term ‘Drug Abuse’ has become taboo in our society. Nowadays many youths are indulging in illicit drug abuse & it’s trafficking worldwide.
Today no part of the world is eradicated from drug consumption & illicit trafficking. United Nations (UN) observed 26 June as an international day against Drug abuse & illicit trafficking to raise awareness against drugs. The USA is on the top list regarding drug abuse. According to the UN report, about 1 million heroin addicts are registered in India.
The theme of International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking 2022
The Theme of International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking is “Addressing drug challenges in health and humanitarian crisis”.
Causes of Drug Abuse among youths
There are two main causes of Drug abuse among youths :
- Peer Group Pressure.
Peer Group Pressure
Drug addiction among youths somehow depends on the type of peers, they are associated with. Because youth are influenced so conveniently by their friend circle. If their friend circle indulges in illicit drugs then they can easily adopt this drug culture.
Depression among youths is also responsible for drug addiction.
Impact of Drug Abuse In Adult Or Youth Life.
It has an adverse impact on youth’s life i.e physical, social, and financial impact.
Drug addiction has a very bad impact on youth’s health. They become very restless in case of scarcity of drugs. So, for fulfilling their need of drugs, they indulge in heinous crimes.
Drug addiction has so adverse effects on a person’s life. It makes their social life unbalanced. They degrade their societies by indulging in evil activities like robbery, snatching, murder, rape, drug trafficking, etc.
The addiction to drugs weakens the economical status of youth. Excessive addiction to drugs makes them bankrupt or financially unstable.
Remedies To Drug Abuse
- Rehabilitation of the addicted person.
- Parents should carefully monitor their child and his peer group.
- In schools & colleges, teachers should make students aware regarding the bad effects of drugs.
- Strict punishment should be given to anybody who is found in illicit indulgement & trafficking of drugs.
Top 10 Countries Regarding Use Of Illegal Drugs
According to WHO, the top 10 countries of the world regarding the use of Illicit Drugs are:
- United States
- United kingdom
Statistics Regarding Drug Abuse In Teens
- About 15% of kids use Marijuana in 8th grade.
- About 50% of the high school youth have tried some kind of drug.
- 43% of high school youths have tried Marijuana.
- 11.89 million youths of the 18 to 25 years age group are addicted in some kind of drugs.
- 2.08 million or 8.33% youth of age group 12 to 17 years are involved in drugs.
- 46.6% of 12th grade are alcoholics i.e addicted to alcohol.
- According to the world drugs report, about 4,777 Americans of (15 to 24) age group are died due to drug overdose.
- The US is on the top in illicit drug activities.
Laws of Drugs In India
The major Drugs laws in India are as follows
- (i) Narcotic Drugs and psychotropic Substances Act 1985(NDPS Act).
- (ii) Prevention of Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act(1988).
NADA Act, 1985
NADA Act,1985 came into existence in November 1985. Under this act, it is illegal to manufacture, produce, sell, transport, and consume any narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances. Under one of the provisions of this act, the Narcotics Control Bureau was established in March 1986, to act against the drug mafias or drug traffickers.
Prevention of Illicit Trafficking Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act(1988)
The Drug control law was passed in 1986 by the parliament of India. It was set up to enable the implementation and enforcement of the NADA Act (1985).
Punishment Regarding Drug & Its Trafficking
- If the contravention involves a small quantity (i.e <1 kg) then there is a punishment of imprisonment of 6 months with a fine of Rs 10,000.
- If the contravention involves a quantity lesser than commercial quantity but greater than a small quantity. Then, there is a punishment of imprisonment of 10 years with a fine of Rs 1 lakh.
- If the contravention involves quantity more than the commercial quantity then, there is imprisonment of more than 10 years & up to 20 years with a fine of more than 1 lakh.
Drug use and addiction are proving fatal to our society and world. As youths are the future of the nation. So, it is the onus on every youth to eradicate themselves from social evils like Drugs & trafficking. To stay fit and healthy should be the motto of every youth.
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