An International Day Against Drug Abuse

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June 26 marks the day of international drug addiction treatment and prevention awareness, headed by the United Nations.

Drug addiction affects more than just the addict. It ruins lives through the spread of disease, rips apart families and prohibits positive cultural growth in communities.

“I have met too many teenagers and young adults whose futures have been irrevocably damaged by the use of illegal drugs,” comments the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Mr. Antonio Maria Costa, whose office sponsors the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

According to UN Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, “This day is also an occasion to highlight the fact that nearly 200 million people are still consuming illegal drugs.” In his message on the UNODC website Mr. Annan continued, “On this day, let us strengthen our collective resolve to live in a society free of drugs, and let us encourage all our fellow human beings to make personal choices to lead healthy lives.”

The theme for 2005 is “Value yourself…make healthy choices,” encouraging young people to choose activities that are creative, productive and uplifting rather than taking drugs and leading them down the road to self-destruction, misery and even death.

While advocating the message from an international peace-keeping organization is vital, it also takes individuals and groups on the ground rehabilitating addicts and actively preventing young people from ever using drugs. This is where Narconon Arrowhead fits into the picture.

As one of the nation’s largest and most effective drug rehabilitation and education programs, Narconon Arrowhead consistently gets results for helping people overcome drug addiction through the application of American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard’s drug-free methodology. Thousands of individuals trapped in the downward spiral of addiction have found a new life free from drugs thanks to Narconon Arrowhead and other centers in the international network of Narconon® programs.

Mr. Costa adds, “Society’s response to drug abuse has to come from all directions. It must be focused on supply and demand, on prevention as well as treatment.”

For more information on drugs and addiction or effective rehabilitation and prevention, contact Narconon Arrowhead today at 1-800-468-6933 or visit http://www.stopaddiction.com.

To learn more about the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking log on to http://www.unodc.org.

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