TEHRAN – The IRCS Youth Organization members in all provinces attended the ‘No to Drug Addiction’ campaign which was conducted as an annual project on June 26.
June 26 is the ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987, the day serves as a reminder of the goals agreed to by Member States of creating an international society free of drug abuse.
The No to Drug Addiction maneuver has been designed and conducted based on the ‘Strategy 2020’ of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Strategy 2020 provides the basis for the strategic plans of national societies. The framework aims at saving lives, protecting livelihoods, and strengthening recovery from disasters and crises. Its objectives also include enabling healthy and safe living, promoting social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace.
No to Drug Addiction project focuses on young people as the first circle of society in need of protection against drug abuse. The project utilizes youth groups as campaigners. According to the IRCS Youth Organization, this year they invited members of the ‘Narcotics Anonymous’ to join the campaign and warn about their experiences.
Several informative educational leaflets also were distributed among ordinary people in cities all over the country.
According to IRCS Youth Organization Deputy Dr. Amir Lalegani, an agreement has been signed between the Youth Organization and Iran Drug Control Headquarters for conducting workshops in all provinces aimed at training young people against drug addiction and drug abuse.
Several celebrities also joined the campaign this year. Sardar Azmoun, 20, joined the Youth Organization and was among the campaigners in Gonbad Kavous city during the day. Sardar is an Iranian professional footballer who plays for Rostov on loan from Rubin Kazan in the Russian Premier League and the Iranian national team.
“It was a long time I had the thought to join the Red Crescent and finally during the No to Drug Addiction campaign I did,” said Sardar Azmoun. “Athletes have key role in fighting against drug addiction and drug abuse and they’re the flag-bearers.”