Brunei Darussalam National Anti-Drug Association (BASMIDA) usually organise an event every June 26 to mark United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT).
President of BASMIDA Datin Hajah Masni binti Haji Mohd Ali said this year no IDADAIT event was held due to COVID-19. However, the organisation held an anti-drug quiz at Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah School, while a prize-giving ceremony for the pupils will be held next week.
BASMIDA is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) established in 1987 to carry out anti-drug campaigns focussing on children and youth in the national, regional and international levels. The organisation uses different media to spread the message of the dangers of illicit drugs use.
IDADAIT was founded during a special session on drugs of the UN General Assembly in 1987 to mark the centenary of China’s efforts to combat opium trade.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime uses the commemorative day to highlight the dangers of drug use and their illegal trade by providing educational material to teachers and public officials around the globe.
This serves to help spread the message about cultural and economic harm the trade in drugs is still doing around the world a hundred years after the war on drugs was launched
This year’s theme is ‘Better knowledge for Better Care’.