“The United States announced a ‘Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem.’ The call is simple: reduce drug demand; cut off the supply of illicit drugs; expand treatment; and strengthen international cooperation. If we take these steps together, we can save the lives of countless people in all corners of the world.” – President Trump.

On September 24, 2018 President Trump addressed the UN meeting on “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem.” 130 nations signed the document, pledging to work cooperatively to fight a worldwide drug problem that kills nearly half a million people each year. President Trump chaired the meeting and stated the call to action will address four areas: reducing drug demand, cutting off supply, expanding access to treatment and improving international cooperation.

The “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem” illustrates the significant role primary prevention plays in the worldwide fight against drugs. Increasing education and awareness on the health effects of drugs and highlighting the importance of mental health could make a large impact in drug demand reduction.

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