The International Drug Trade is a continuously growing issue within our world. Though member states have met to address such an issue, no suitable solution has been found to substantially affect this problem. Solutions to stop the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of illicit drugs on a global scale have taken the form of the three treaties: the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971, and the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988. Even with these three treaties, the rate of drug use has been increasing by a rate of 3.7% per year and has shown no signs of stopping.
In the State of Palestine, a recent study conducted by the National Institute of Public Health in Ramallah has revealed that drug use has been spreading heavily through Palestine, mainly through women and youth, where 80% of high-risk drug users started using drugs at the age of 17. Palestine has a clear problem arising through the global trade of illicit drugs and this problem is targeting the youth of our nation. Palestine will do whatever it takes to protect this youth as long as it abides by the principles of Shari’a or Islamic law.
- Navid Hasan