International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking - June 26

Activities done by NCB

The “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” is a United Nations initiative to raise awareness among the masses against drug abuse and illegal drug trade. It has been held annually since 1988 on 26 June, a date chosen to commemorate Lin Zexu's dismantling of the opium trade in Humen, Guangdong, just before the First Opium War in China. The observance was instituted by the General Assembly to observe 26 June as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

The message given by UNODC (United Nations Office on Drug and Crime) for 26th June 2016 is “Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe”. "Listen first" is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their commmunities.

NCB observes ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’

The Narcotics Control Bureau being the nodal agency for drug law enforcement in India observe the ‘International Day against Drug abuse and Illicit Trafficking on 26th June, with many programs/activities to raise awareness among the public about the harmful effects of drug abuse in society. NCB through its field formations around the country takes this opportunity to organize various types of events every year in conjunction with local communities and state governments to celebrate the World Drug Day with full vigor.  

NCB is also the nodal authority for coordination of actions of various Ministries, departments and States in respect of matters relating to Drugs.   

Apart from the above NCB has also organizing following programme all over the country through its field units to spread drug awareness among the masses:-

  • Organization of Seminars/Workshops/film shows on drug abuse prevention at different schools and colleges.
  • Distribution of backdrops, flex banners, posters, signages, pamphlets and publicity through hoardings, slide shows in cinemas etc.
  • Organization of Pledges/Oath ceremonies against drug abuse.
  • Awareness campaigns by coordinating with Schools/colleges/NGOs etc.
  • Holding of Runs/Rallies/Padyatras/Street plays against drug abuse.