New Delhi, June 26 (ANI): The International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking was observed here today with a "run" organised against drug abuse.
Over 2,500 participants including one hundred recovered addicts, joined the three-kilometer run from Raj Ghat.
The main objective of the event was to create public awareness about the ill effects of drug abuse and to prevent illicit trafficking of drugs.
Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, D. Napoleon presided over the event.
Speaking on the occasion, D. Napoleon, made a strong appeal to the people against drug abuse.
"By this run, we must create awareness among the people about drug abuse. Your place, your community, there is no place for drugs," he said.
The initiative is being taken by the Asian Marathon Champion Sunita Godara for the past six years in collaboration with various government stakeholders, United Nations agencies and the corporate world.
Enthusiastic participants from various schools, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), police forces, National Cadet Corps (NCC), martial art students took part in the event.
The organisers hope that the campaign will send out a strong message of positive health, fitness and well-being and encourage participants to adopt a healthy lifestyle and build a drug free environment. (ANI)