Monday 26 June 2017
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the 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. This resolution recommended further action with regard to the report and conclusions of the 1987 International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The end of the first century of drug control (it all started in Shanghai in 1909) coincided with the closing of the UNGASS decade (launched in 1998 by a General Assembly Special Session on Drugs). These anniversaries stimulated reflection on the effectiveness, and the limitations, of drug policy. The review resulted in the reaffirmation that illicit drugs continue to pose a health danger to humanity. That’s why drugs are, and should remain, controlled. With this sanction in mind, Member States confirmed unequivocal support for the UN Conventions that have established the world drug control system.
The General Assembly recognized that despite continued and increased efforts by the international community, the world drug problem continues to constitute a serious threat to public health, the safety and well-being of humanity, in particular young people, and the national security and sovereignty of States, and that it undermines socio-economic and political stability and sustainable development. It encouraged the Commission and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to continue their work on international drug control and urged all Governments to provide the fullest possible financial and political support to enable UNODC to continue, expand and strengthen its operational and technical cooperation activities, within its mandates.
Addicts don’t like when you tell them they are all the same
Addicts don’t like when you tell them they are all the same. Of course not. Who would? But to me, addicts are like actresses, who all audition for the same role in a horror movie. It doesn’t matter how they got to the audition. It doesn’t matter how or where they grew up, once they get to the audition, all the actresses act in the same way and read the same lines. They all become the same character.
(Sex and Crime: Oliver’s Strange Journey)
Alternatives to being an interesting person
Avoid using cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs as alternatives to being an interesting person.
Marilyn Vos Savant
Anything that inspires addiction or obsession…
Anything that inspires addiction or obsession - substances, entertainment, beauty, secrecy - is dangerous in that it can lead to isolation, self-absorption, and disconnection, to paralyzed stasis: an immobility that gathers like a force.
(Elegant Complexity: A Study of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest)
Death on the installment plan
Drugs, what a devil-inspired poison! It’s death on the installment plan.
(The Cross and the Switchblade)
Designed to send you insane
Why take drugs specifically designed to send you insane?