The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC has called on governments around the World to check the supply chain of drugs in order to save the over 269 million drug users around the globe.

This is coming as the World marks the 2020 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, with the theme “Better Knowledge for Better Care”, also directs attention to the over 35.6 million people who already suffer drug-use disorders around the world.

The General Assembly by resolution 42/112 of December 7, 1987, decided to observe June 26 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.

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

The UN Agency’s Executive Director, Ghada Waly in a message to commemorate the Day, said addressing the World drug problem required responses that are based on facts, solidarity and compassion. He therefore called on governments to redeem their pledges to evidently fight drug supply, demand and use.