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The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed every year on June 26th. It raises awareness about the harmful effects of drug abuse and the illegal trade of drugs. 

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People first: stop stigma and discrimination, strengthen prevention

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) plays a significant role in coordinating and promoting activities for the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. 

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Drug abuse can have severe health and social consequences, affecting individuals, families, and communities. It can lead to addiction, physical and mental health problems, increased crime rates, and social instability. 

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The day encourages the implementation of preventive measures to reduce drug abuse. This includes education and awareness programs, community engagement, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. 

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This year we raise awareness about discrimination against people who use drugs and raise awareness about AIDS and hepatitis among people who use drugs. And educate people who use drugs.