National Anti-Drug Addiction Day observed on 2 October

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Who: National Anti-Drug Addiction Day
Where: Across the country
What: Observed
When: 2 October 2015
Why: To mark birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

2 October: National Anti-Drug Addiction Day

The National Anti-Drug Addiction Day was observed on 2 October 2015 across the country. It was observed to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi who condemned the use of drugs.

The aim of the day is to make India free from drug and to preserve the talent.

The day was created by the Union Government against the backdrop of growing drug addiction in the country.

As per the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), while the year 2012 saw 10796 drug-related cases, it was increased to 12818 in 2013.

Further, in recent times, India has become the major global transiting point for illegal drug trade.

As per the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), about 90 percent of Afghan-originated heroin is illegally transported from Punjab (India) to other parts of the world including Canada and Australia.