International Drug Checking Day: 31 March

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International Drug Checking Day: 31 March

International Drug Checking Day is an annual event observed on 31 March since 2017 to promote harm reduction initiatives to reduce the risks associated with drug use and educate people about drugs and their effects .

An Overview of the News

  • The primary purpose of the day is to raise public awareness of the availability of drug testing services and organisations around the world and to emphasise the importance of drug-related harm reduction actions to reduce drug-related risks.

  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 11.8 million deaths were linked to drug abuse in 2017, and more and more teenagers are falling prey to substance abuse.

  • International Day of Drug Checking is an effort to collectively reduce drug abuse and create a drug free world.

  • Drug supply is often linked to organised crime and syndicate networks, for example the Taliban in Afghanistan use opium smuggling to finance their operations.

About World Health Organization

Established- 7 April 1948

Headquarters- Geneva, Switzerland

Head- Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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