Today is the international day against drug abuse and illicit
trafficing. To our delight, countries around the world are joining hands to combat illicit drug abuse. Sixteen days ago, the General Assembly of the United Nations conclude a three-day special session on fighting the world drug problem, sounding a clarion
and call for fighting unprecedent world-wide war against drugs.
As mankind is about to embrace a new millennium, the drug issue takes on even greater urgency. Despite of the strenthened anti-drugs efforts of many countries, the spread of illicit drug markets is getting worse. It is estimated that the global trade volume of illicit drug altitudes 400 billion US dollars each year. Illicit drug consumption involves about 3% of the world’s population. Statistics indicate as many as 100 thousand people die from drugs every year world-wide, and 10 million drug-users are deprived of the capability to work.
The drug issue has direct bearing on social stability, social security and the destiny of mankind as a whole. All countries in the world should be fully aware of the pressing and demanding task of combating drugs and take concrete and effective measures to wipe out the evil. The chinese government has always paid great attention to drug control and taking an integrated approch to dealing with drug abuse and drug trafficing through legal, political, administrative, economic, cultural, educational and other means. A recent national drug prevention exhibition staged in Beijing drew half a million visitors so far. The exhibition was intended to spotlight the damages of drug afflicts caused to society and family.
Out of ignorance, or driven by their desire for stimulus, or simply influenced by drug users, a growing number of people, expecially youngsters are falling victim to drugs. Out of the drug addicts registered throughout the country 18% of them are youths. Therefore, much still remains to be done in china’s anti-drug campaign. On top of the agenda, there is the need to raise people’s awareness of the harm of drugs, to provide more help for drug addicts, to get rid of the unhealthy habit and to enforce stricter laws for drug related crimes.
We hope governments around the world will take their due resposilities in international anti-drug cooperation and spread the net of justice over every link of the drug market so that a drug-free world will be created for our future generations.