Drug abuse poses significant health challenges. Injecting drug use is a leading cause of the spread of HIV. In some parts of the world, heroin use and HIV have reached epidemic proportions. Drug control - including prevention and measures to reduce the harmful effects of drug use - is therefore an important part of the battle to combat HIV/AIDS.
Today, marks the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, designated by the United Nations to strengthen global efforts towards a society free of drug abuse. International Day against Drug Abuse and illicit trafficking is observed annually each year. The day serves as a reminder of the on-going war that is being fought around the world on illicit drug use and trafficking, and that unless there is concerted, sustained effort, Asia may be at risk of fighting a losing battle.