Drug addiction is indeed a global problem. So many countries are suffering from this problem for a very long time now. It is a serious problem that needs an immediate solution, especially that drugs have been the cause of so many crimes happening today in the society. In spite of so many drug addiction treatment centers, the number of users keep on increasing and so many kinds of drugs have become available to people.
In New York, President Donald Trump has called in nations to join him in an effort to tackle an escalating global drug epidemic. This measure is called as Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem and 130 countries had pledged to cooperate with the United States at a time when it is fighting a national opioid crisis and stepping up enforcement along its borders to prevent drug trafficking.
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“The scourge of drug addiction continues to claim too many lives in the United States and in nations around the world,” Trump said. “Today, we commit to fighting the drug epidemic together.”
He referenced a 2018 World Drug Report that found an alarming uptick in deaths due to drugs. Over a 15-year period, the figure increased by 60 percent, Trump pointed out.
“The call is simple: reduce drug demand; cut off the supply of illicit drugs; expand treatment; and strengthen international cooperation,” he stressed. “If we take these steps together, we can save the lives of countless people in all corners of the world.”
Guterres, who was the prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, steered his country through a drug epidemic by beefing up law enforcement and treatment options during his time in office. Now he said his nation has one of the lowest death rates from drug overdoses in Europe.
In addition to thanking the U.S. president for bringing the “life-and-death issue front-and-center,” Guterres said the solution needs the backing of the international community.