Int’l drug day a call to action in prevention and control hinh anh 1Health care for drug addicts. (Photo: Thai Hung/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Hanoi’s authorities have taken action together with the Ministry of Public Security in response to the action month for drug prevention and control and International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (June 26).

This year's action month themed "Improving the effectiveness of drug addiction treatment and managing illegal drug users – For a healthy and safe community" is aimed at creating a strong effect on people across the country and a synergy to gradually reduce the number of addicts.

The Government asked the Ministry of Public Security to guide relevant forces to speed up investigations and crack down on drug trafficking rings. They also requested that those who sell or encourage the use of drugs via the internet and social networks are found and strictly punished.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam urged stronger action against drug abuse and illicit trafficking, asking for wide and deep information dissemination on the harmful consequences of taking drugs.

"We should disseminate the harmful consequences of taking drugs such as the various kinds of exploratory methamphetamine, to help raise public awareness about the issue. The focus should be on these new kinds of drugs which youth seem to be really in to," Dam stressed.

The Deputy PM also emphasized the need to support the specialized forces in drug prevention and control. He called for the joint efforts made by the political system, social organizations, the community in the fight against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

"Concrete measures must be deployed to wipe out drug threats at schools and in society. Besides, drug prevention and control should be done regularly and that each individual should be provided with knowledge on how to stay away from or combat drugs," Dam said.

Lieutenant General Nguyen Duy Ngoc, Deputy Minister of Public Security, said crime and drug abuse have become a deep concern in the whole country, adding that consequences caused by drugs are very heavy in terms of economy, society, security and order, threatening people's peaceful and happy life.

"Notably, transnational drug crimes have shown signs of complication again after the Covid-19 pandemic. Drug addicts and illegal drug users are increasing in some localities," Ngoc said.

He cited his ministry's statistics that there are currently more than 217,000 drug addicts nationwide and nearly 60,000 people who are illegally using drugs.

"This is a huge source for drug consumption and tends to increase year by year, which is a potential risk of causing insecurity and disorder among the people," the deputy minister stressed.

He asked the Steering Committees for Drug Prevention and Control at all levels and localities to pay attention to carrying out key contents to successfully achieve the goal of "reducing supply, demand and harmful effects of drugs" in the coming time, contributing to building a safe and healthy social environment.

Shin Umezu, head of the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office in Vietnam, said that the UN has always been committed to providing care and support to those affected by illegal drugs.

Everyone has a role to play in this process, from government agencies to social organizations and individuals. In addition, people need to promote programs to support family skills to prevent negative behaviors, such as drug use in children and adolescents, Shin Umezu stressed.

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, or World Drug Day, is marked on June 26 every year to strengthen action and cooperation in achieving a world free of drug abuse.

Each year, individuals, communities, and various organizations all over the world, from civil society to the private sector, join in to observe World Drug Day to help raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs pose to society./.