Drug trafficking, once viewed largely as a social and criminal problem, has transformed in recent years into a major threat to the health and safety of citizens in every country. In an effort to create international awareness about the abuse and trafficking of illicit drugs, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) established June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Since 1987, the UNODC has encouraged global organizations to take an active role in combating illicit drug abuse and trafficking. Through this awareness campaign, businesses around the world can work with the UNODC to create drug prevention programs within their communities. As such, June 26 is an annual reminder to organizations around the world to continue to participate in awareness campaigns to mobilize support for drug control.