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Kerala CM calls for united efforts for drug-free world

Kerala CM calls for united efforts for drug-free world

Thiruvananthapuram: Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, called for united efforts to create a drug-free world.

His statement on Monday came in connection with International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

"Let’s remember that treatment, prevention, and compassion are crucial in our journey towards a drug-free world," he tweeted.

Kerala had recently launched a crackdown on the drug mafia operating in the state, targeting its youth.

A survey conducted by the Kerala police a few months ago among those below the age of 21 years, who were victims of substance abuse revealed that 40 per cent of them were below the age of 18.

What is more frightening is that a majority of them were girls, and after falling prey to the drug cartels, they were being used as carriers, it had said.

It was in December 1987, the UN General Assembly decided to observe June 26 as International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

Supported each year by individuals, communities and various organisations all over the world, this global observance aims to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.

With inputs from PTI

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